October 1, 2019
MADISON, Wis.—Roger Ervin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Blumont, Inc., informed the Board of Directors today that he will retire from the organization on December 31, 2019. A new President and CEO is expected to be named by Blumont’s Board during its final meeting of the year in November. Jonathan Nash, Blumont’s Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President for Business Development, has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) to ensure continuity of operations during the transition.
“Roger’s leadership over the past five years has transformed Blumont into a new kind of development organization that can meet the complex challenges of fragile states and nations in transition,” said Richard George, Chair of Blumont’s Board of Directors. “His focus on working with clients to leverage the best of program design, project management, and applied learning has benefitted people, communities, and nations around the world. The Board thanks him for his years of dedication and wishes Roger the best in the next chapter of his life.”
Ervin brought more than three decades of government, academic, and private sector experience to Blumont. As CEO, he oversaw the organization’s transition from International Relief and Development (IRD) to Blumont, while navigating shifts in the global landscape of international aid and development. Under Ervin’s tenure, the organization modernized management systems, automated functions that enabled Blumont to lower costs and increase productivity to advance the goals of government and non-government clients.
“I am proud of what we do at Blumont,” said Ervin. “I would like to thank the donors and clients who place their trust in us and thank Blumont’s employees for their commitment and professionalism. Our teams work tirelessly in some of the most challenging environments in the world—managing refugee camps where more than 300,000 people in the Middle East depend on our programs; restoring basic services and stabilizing communities in conflict areas globally; and helping victims of war recover and rebuild in places like Afghanistan and Colombia. What we do is not easy, but it is critically important and helps establish a foundation upon which people can create a better future for themselves and their families. There is no doubt that the dedication of Blumont’s staff is what kept me focused on doing my best to lead the organization over the past five years.”
Blumont collaborates with local communities and partners to design and implement innovative approaches to stabilize communities by building infrastructure, delivering lifesaving humanitarian assistance, strengthening governance, and fostering opportunities for long-term economic growth. With more than two decades of experience taking on challenging issues in challenging environments around the world, Blumont is committed to developing local capacity and helping to establish a foundation for progress.
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