Cordaid’s Board of Supervisors has announced the appointment of Kees Zevenbergen as Cordaid’s Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors for an interim period of two years.
Together with CFO Willem-Jan van Wijk, he will be in charge of the completion of Cordaid’s transformation from a traditional development cooperation NGO into a versatile powerhouse of support, management and expertise of development projects and disaster relief.
“I will give all I have to further unleash the powers of Cordaid in fighting poverty and injustice.”
Cordaid CEO Kees Zevenbergen
Welcoming the appointment, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Ernst Hirsch Ballin said: “Kees will bring his longstanding experience and track record to Cordaid at a time of profound changes. He deserves and enjoys the trust of the whole organization and has an outstanding reputation among his peers and counterparts, both in The Netherlands and internationally.”
Hirsch Ballin: “We know him as a man of faith who is inspired by the examples of our predecessors in Catholic outreach across borders, the values of Christian solidarity, and the renewal embodied in the recent papal encyclical letter Laudato Si’. The members of the Board look forward to working with him and Willem Jan over the coming years.”
Cordaid CEO Kees Zevenbergen responding to social media messages during a national campaign to raise funds for the victims of famine in parts of Africa and Yemen.
CEO Kees Zevenbergen said: “I’m greatly honored by the trust and responsibility bestowed upon me. During the past couple of months, I’ve come to recognize great resolve amongst Cordaid staff and partners in dealing with the challenges the world is currently facing. I will give all I have to further unleash the powers of Cordaid in fighting poverty and injustice and I do look forward to facilitate and promote the organization’s contribution towards a more sustainable world for us and our children. I am convinced that this can best be done in increased collaboration and integration with the like-minded organizations around us.”