International non-profit organization Feed the Children has named a Mercer alumni as its new President and CEO, following a recent board of directors’ decision. Kevin Hagan is a College of Liberal Arts graduate from 1995. He matriculated with a Bachelor’s in history, political science and German. He went on to graduate studies in international affairs at The American University in Washington D.C. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to join Feed The Children and help further its mission of providing food and other essentials to people across America and around the world,” Hagan said.
Hagan had previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for Good360 since 2009. This organization is based in Alexandria, Virginia, and it is dedicated to ensuring other nonprofits succeed by connecting them with corporations that can finance and support their philanthropic efforts. According to his Feed the Children biography, while an employee at Good360, his duties consisted of customer service, human resources, security and compliance and distribution logistics. He also saved the company significant amounts of money by cutting down on waste and unnecessary costs, such as consolidating the warehouse network to reduce costs by 50%.
Kevin Hagan has spent most of his life relating to distribution, in a large variety of ways. Before his time with Good360, he developed a reputation for helping organizations and businesses overcome serious legal troubles. After an accounting fraud that reached over $1 billion before his time, Hagan was brought on at U.S. Foodservice Inc.
He ensured that the company would see better days. Assuming the role of director of corporate ethics and training, he ensured that the future of the organization would be not be marred by fraud again. He instituted several programs that will create a legacy of progress and honesty, moving past the severe problems that predated him.
This legacy of moving organizations out of crisis was definitely a major cause in his appointment to becoming the President and CEO of Feed the Children. The 25th largest philanthropy in the United States, the Oklahoma-based non-profit organization has searched for a year for a new leader following the nasty split with founder Larry Jones. Under investigation for assorted corruption charges, Jones left Feed the Children as one of the most financially inefficient charities in the country.
Hagan was brought on by the board to perfect the organization and make them significantly better, even though they are one of the top exporters of humanitarian goods in the world. “We are confident in his abilities to lead the organization, and the entire board is eager to work collaboratively with him toward our vision to see no child or family go to bed hungry,” Feed The Children boardman Rick England said.
Feed The Children has been able to provide backpacks full of school supplies for over 500,000 students in the United States who would not have been able to have the necessary school supplies without it. They also provide daily meals for over 400,000 children in the developing world every day.