Susan Rickman retiring after 19 years as CEO of World Pediatric Project
Susan Rickman, the first employee hired by the International Hospital for Children in 2001, which became World Pediatric Project (WPP) in 2011, has announced her retirement effective April 10, 2020.
“With her 25 years of international development experience, Susan has been the guiding light of this organization since the very beginning,” said Dr. Brian Clare, chairman of the World Pediatric Project Executive Board. “She, and the WPP team she assembled, took the vision and built a global health organization focused on access to critical care for children in 12 different countries. The model she created is unlike any other in the world.”
“I am so proud of the past 19 years and what has been built with this organization, and especially of the more than 15,000 children we’ve been able to reach and heal,” said Rickman. “I intend to continue my support of WPP’s mission and my active participation through volunteering.”
Clare said Rickman’s contacts, knowledge and expertise will be “invaluable” as WPP moves forward in the post-pandemic world.
Clare said that Brian Shaw, current WPP executive vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as interim CEO.
“I look forward to working with the excellent WPP team Susan assembled as we address the challenges of this difficult time,” Shaw said. “I am confident we will emerge as a better and stronger organization.”