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Local ownership is a key component of Creative’s programmatic success.
Most recently, Maldonado had the foresight to lead our groundbreaking research on migra- tion that ultimately resulted in the launch of the Center for Migration & Economic Stabili- zation, which has provided clients with unique insight into this challenging situation. “The expectation is that Pablo will be more centrally dedicated to generating new ideas and new ways to address the challenges of our beneficiaries,” Kruvant says. Originally fromBuenos Aires, Argentina, Maldonado has been with Creative for nearly 35 years. He will continue to serve on Creative’s Board of Directors. Sani Daher joins the team In welcoming Daher to Creative, Kru- vant says the new COO will play a vital role in the company’s successful implementation of activities in more than 30 countries. “Sani is a committed, brilliant and respected development professional who is a perfect choice to follow in Pablo’s footsteps,” says Kru- vant. “We selected Sani because he is a superb operational leader who has demonstrated a unique ability to lead operations and programs, support business development and build the business of the future.” Daher says he has tracked Creative for years, particularly its work in transitioning commu- nities from conflict to peace. “I was always impressed by the high caliber experts on the Creative team and, indeed, the depth of their technical views and methods,” Daher says. “I feel Creative is ripe for expand-
Leading through Innovation Pablo Maldonado promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer with Sani Daher appointed Chief Operating Officer
Creative Associates International has made two executive leadership changes that support the company’s continued growth and service to its clients and beneficiaries. Chief Operating Officer Pablo Maldonado has been promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer in a newly formed office that will report to Leland Kruvant. Mal- donado will be replaced as COO by Sani Daher who has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the development industry. Leland Kruvant, President and CEO of Cre- ative, praised Maldonado’s 12 years of success- ful leadership as COO. Thanks to his efforts, Creative has been able to develop new lines of programming and introduce groundbreak- ing innovations. “Pablo is a visionary,” Kruvant says. “He has an incredible ability to recognize and capitalize on emerging development opportunities well before anyone else – and we want to capitalize on his tremendous talent to help drive Cre- ative’s future.” As the Executive Vice President & Chief Inno- vation Officer, Maldonado will lead efforts to develop breakthrough solutions to some of the most intractable development challenges that will lead to even greater development results for our clients and beneficiaries. “Pablo has done it before,” Kruvant says. “Nu- merous times Pablo has placed Creative at the forefront of the world’s most demanding foreign policy and development challenges by offering innovative ideas that resulted in out- standing programs.”
Maldonado will lead efforts to develop breakthrough solutions to some
of the most intractable development challenges.
Pablo has done it before. Numerous times Pablo has placed Creative at the forefront of the world’s most demanding foreign policy and development challenges by offering innovative ideas that resulted in outstanding programs.” -Leland Kruvant, President & CEO
Photos by Janey Fugate (top left); Skip Brown (Pablo Maldonado)
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