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United Way President Bill Kitson Resigns; Simon Bisson named Interim President

Special committee to launch ‘expansive search’ for next leader

Contact: Richard Buoncore, Chairman of the Board, United Way of Greater Cleveland, 216-337-7348

Cleveland, Ohio (February 4, 2016) — Bill Kitson, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cleveland since 2012, has informed the United Way Board of Directors that he is resigning to pursue other opportunities, effective February 4, 2016.

Kitson began his post in June 2012 after serving as United Way of Greater Toledo president and CEO for seven years.

“Bill has devoted many years to United Way, in Cleveland and in other communities,” said UWGC Board of Directors Chairman Rick Buoncore. “We thank him for his service here in Greater Cleveland, and we wish him well in the next phase of his career.”

“It has been a privilege to be a part of this organization. I wish United Way continued success in its mission to improve the quality of life for people in our community,” Kitson said.

The board moved quickly in appointing Simon Bisson, the organization’s Vice President, Resource Development, as the Interim President. Bisson joined UWGC in December 2013, after serving as Associate Dean for Development and Alumni relations for Case Western Reserve University. Bisson has held executive and senior level fundraising positions in the higher education, health and human service sectors.

“Simon has the full confidence of our board of directors,” Buoncore said. “He does an excellent job every day leading United Way’s fundraising initiatives, empowering us to fulfill our mission: to create a healthy community by doing everything we can to see that every child graduates and every family is financially stable.”

The Board has formed a special committee to launch what Buoncore called “an expansive search” for UWGC’s next leader.

Buoncore and Bisson both acknowledged that this change in leadership comes amid the final, crucial weeks of United Way’s annual fundraising campaign. Both said their organization is more than up for the challenge.

“We don’t anticipate this development will have any impact on our fundraising,” Buoncore said.

Bisson added: “We are redoubling efforts to meet our campaign goals. We need all our staff members, volunteers and donors to keep doing the good work they do, so we can help as many people as possible in Northeast Ohio. Thousands and thousands of people depend on us to help improve their quality of life. It’s vitally important work, and we intend to deliver.”

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