After more than six years of service to the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, Ion Valaskakis is stepping down as President of the Foundation as of January 31 in order to return to his private consulting practice.
Ion was acting Executive Director of the Sauvé Scholars Foundation from May 2010 to June 2011, went on to serve as a member of its Board of Directors, and has now completed his 18-month term as President of the Foundation.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Team, Fellows, the extended Sauvé family and community, we want to thank Ion for his contributions to the Foundation as an Executive Director, Board Member and President.
Ion was instrumental in leading the implementation of the first phase of the Foundation’s strategic plan, including overseeing the launch of its three Pillars that constitute our activities here at the Foundation: the inaugural Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program, the Jeanne Sauvé Network and the Jeanne Sauvé Forum. Under Ion’s leadership, the Public Leadership Program retooled its longstanding and flagship program to identify and develop young leaders, while the Network served to catalyze collaboration and create a community out of the nearly 150 Fellows from around the world. Finally, the emergence of the Forum created a platform for sustained public conversations and thought leadership on issues of global significance.
We were fortunate to have an experienced and talented executive like Ion temporarily leave his consulting business to steer the Foundation through this pivotal time, and we extend our warmest wishes to Ion for his continued success.