River Valleys CEO to Retire at End of 2015

On May 11, River Valleys’ CEO Linda Keene announced her plans to retire at the end of 2015.

Ms. Keene was River Valleys’ very first CEO and her impact has been significant. Throughout her more than seven-year tenure, she has been a thought leader both locally and nationally and a major force in ensuring that the Girl Scout Movement remains relevant to a new generation of girls and families. She was a steady leader through the challenges of realignment and provided a compelling vision and strategy to help River Valleys become the strong, dynamic council envisioned at that time.

Ms. Keene led River Valleys through some significant accomplishments, including major improvements in operational efficiencies and technology deployment, establishing innovative partnerships with school districts and funding organizations, development of River Valleys’ signature Women of Distinction event,and the transition to a direct-sale cookie delivery model. Highlighting her tenure were all of the activities surrounding the Centennial Year – including the Great Girl Gathering at the Mall of America with more than 140,000 attendees, the celebration of 100 incredible women as Centennial Honorees, and involvement of more than 25,000 Girl Scouts and community members in the Centennial Day of Service.

Today, River Valleys is one of the largest, most innovative Girl Scouts councils in the country, recognized by our sister councils and Girl Scouts of the USA as an example for all in the Movement.

To prepare for the transition to a new CEO, the River Valleys’ Board of Directors has engaged the services of the executive search firm Evergreen, the preferred CEO search firm of GSUSA, and asked board member Michele Azar to chair a new Transition and Selection Committee. The committee, once formed, will comprise up to 10 individuals, drawn from the board and the community, with appropriate regional representation.

The committee will engage with staff, volunteers, and members as they work to develop a profile and selection criteria for the next River Valleys’ CEO. More information about the search will be posted here and shared through the member e-newsletter, Connections.

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