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Save the Children International appoints former trustee as new chief executive 

11 Jul 2019 News

Save the Children International has appointed Inger Ashing, who has been a trustee until recently, as its new chief executive. 

Ashing resigned as a trustee of Save the Children International and Save the Children Sweden in July and will take up the chief executive post in September. She has been involved with the charity for over 25 years, having been a youth advocate when she was 18 years old and become a trustee in 2010.

She is currently director general of the Swedish government's Delegation Against Segregation, and has previously been Sweden's national coordinator for youth not in education or employment. She was also previously chief executive of the Global Child Forum. 

Helle Throning-Schmidt announced that she would stand down as chief executive of Save the Children International in January and left in June.

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

"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.”

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.”

Save the Children International was formed in 2010 as an umbrella body for the Save the Children movement and to run international programmes. Its main office is in the UK, but it does not fundraise in the UK.  

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