Time magazine editor Michael Elliott is poised to take over as president and CEO of ONE, Bono’s global anti-poverty charity foundation, on August 1.
“Communicating success stories is one of our top priorities,” Bono, the lead singer of the rock band U2, said in a press release. “Mike is a great communicator, as well as an inspiring leader. Brainpower is more important than passion in the fight against extreme poverty, but he has both.”
Elliott will be based in Washington, D.C., and will oversee ONE’s global operations after having spent a decade with Time Warner, most recently as editor of Time International and deputy editor of Time magazine.
According to a ONE press release, the organization’s focus in the next year will be “advancing the power of vaccines to save four million children’s lives over the next five years, promoting transparency and good governance in order to create sustained economic growth, supporting programs to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and ensuring we fight hunger and malnutrition through smart, effective investments in agriculture.”
“I’m honored and thrilled to be joining an organization that has already done so much in the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases,” Elliott said. “For years, I’ve watched ONE’s founders and leaders do amazing, vital work, and I couldn’t be more proud to be joining them and ONE’s millions of dedicated members.”
Elliott succeeds Joshua Bolten—former chief of staff to President George W. Bush—who has been serving as interim CEO during ONE’s search.
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