Join us in welcoming Jay S. Wechsler, URC's new president

We are pleased to announce the selection of Jay S. Wechsler as the next president of URC and its nonprofit affiliate, Center for Human Services (CHS). Mr. Wechsler succeeds Barbara N. Turner on October 1, 2016. Ms. Turner has been president of URC-CHS since 2005, and will remain with the organization as a member of the Board of Directors.

For almost 30 years, Mr. Wechsler has contributed to URC’s growth, starting as an internal auditor and rising to serve as Controller, Chief Financial Officer and, most recently, Vice President for Finance. With his support and guidance, the organization has grown from a small, mostly US-based consulting firm to an established global development organization, with annual revenue of over $130M, and over 1,200 staff in over 40 countries around the world.

Suellen Estrin, Chair of URC’s Board of Directors, said, “Jay has been an integral player in URC’s growth over the years. He brings a unique perspective to the leadership role, having seen the organization from its early days and remaining closely involved as the business expanded in both scale and complexity. I have the utmost confidence that he will lead the company with a steady hand, helping us continue to evolve and grow, and enabling us to achieve our technical, financial, and staffing goals in the coming years.”

Mr. Wechsler intends to reaffirm URC-CHS’s mission to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Building on the organization’s historic expertise in health systems strengthening and quality improvement, Mr. Wechsler will spearhead our efforts to develop scalable, sustainable solutions to both long-standing problems such as malaria, TB, HIV and increasing literacy, as well as to emerging challenges such as global health security.

“I’m so proud of all that URC-CHS has accomplished over its long history,” Mr. Wechsler said. “In the last 11 years, Barbara led URC’s growth into a true powerhouse. The staff that we have today are the very best in the business. The work they do and the impact they have on the lives of people in every corner of the world is my inspiration to continue to find ways to do more, and do better. I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead this tremendous organization into its next era.”

Jay Wechsler, URC President, visits field staff in Uganda (2016)
Jay Wechsler, URC President, visits field staff in Uganda (2016)
October 01, 2016
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