August 24, 2017- Seattle, WA- VillageReach announced today that Evan Simpson has tendered his resignation as President of VillageReach. The Board has appointed Vice President, Emily Bancroft, to the role of Acting President. Emily has been with VillageReach for over seven years, serving in the role of Vice President since 2015. Simpson will remain with the organization until September 1 to support the transition process.
“VillageReach is an exceptional organization. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented, passionate team of global health professionals who are at the forefront of last mile health innovation,” said Simpson. “I know the organization will continue to grow and thrive, and I look forward to seeing that progress.”
The Board of Directors will lead the recruitment process, with a leadership transition expected in the coming year.
“Evan made significant contributions to further the mission of VillageReach, driving the organization forward in many ways during a significant phase of growth,” says Rick Fant, VillageReach Board Chair. “We are very confident in Emily Bancroft as Acting President and her ability to effectively manage the organization through this period of transition and continued growth. Emily is a proven leader whose expertise and contributions have been instrumental to VillageReach’s progress over the past seven years,” Fant added.
VillageReach’s recent growth reflects an expanded global presence in more countries, the scale-up of existing programs, and the development of several new last mile health initiatives. Together, VillageReach initiatives reach more than 16 million people throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
“Our partners and supporters have played a significant role in our growth, helping VillageReach to expand our work, explore new ideas, and develop high-impact initiatives that increase access to health care at the last mile,” says Bancroft. “Together with the strong leadership of our Board of Directors and management team, I know our teams will continue this positive momentum.”
VillageReach currently has over 130 employees working in multiple countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa. VillageReach is headquartered in Seattle, WA with country offices located in Mozambique, Malawi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
VillageReach is a non-profit global health innovator that develops, tests, implements and scales new solutions to critical health system challenges in low-resource environments, with an emphasis on strengthening the “last mile” of healthcare delivery. VillageReach combines expertise across public health, technology, and business to bring life-saving innovation – new systems, programs and technologies – to scale and sustainability in the world’s most underserved communities.