Save the Children appoints new chief executive

Written by Lauren Weymouth

Save the Children has appointed a former trustee as its new chief executive.

The international aid charity has appointed Inger Ashnig, who has been involved in the charity for over 25 years, to head up the organisation from September 2019.

Ashnig resigned from her role of trustee of Save the Children International and Save the Children Sweden in July, but will take up her new post for the charity in a few months’ time.

She is currently director general of the Swedish government’s Delegation Against Segregation and was previously chief executive of Global Child Forum and Sweden’s national coordinator for young people who aren’t in education or employment.

The organisation’s current CEO, Helle Throning-Schmidt left Save the Children in June.

“In Save the Children’s 100th year, we are more committed to ensuring every child realises his or her rights than ever before,” the charity’s chair Robert Good said.

"For over 25 years, Inger has worked to advance Save the Children’s mission, and I believe her leadership and experience she brings to the role will increase our impact and deliver real improvements for children.”

Commenting on her appointment, Ashing added: “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to further the ambition of Save the Children’s founder, Eglantyne Jebb, and to build on the exceptional work of the organisation. I couldn’t imagine a better cause and I look forward to meeting and working with our dedicated staff around the world to achieve better outcomes for children.”

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