Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces that CEO Jeff Raikes will retire

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that CEO Jeff Raikes will retire, remaining in his position until a successor is named. In an email to BMGF employees, Mr. Raikes noted: “…I am proud of the work we’ve all done together in the past five years. We are having an impact on people’s lives every single day, and we are set up to keep on having an even bigger impact in the years to come…Now, I’m looking forward to doing some things I haven’t had time for, including my work at the Raikes Foundation, which is tackling youth and education issues. I have learned so much from Bill, Melinda, our grantees and partners, and all of you about catalytic philanthropy and specific issues like agriculture and education. I have also learned from—and been deeply moved by—the people I’ve met in the field, whether they’re Ethiopian farmers trying to grow enough food to feed their children or a teacher in New Orleans helping students make a better future. These lessons will not only inspire me but also serve me day-to-day, because I will continue to invest my time and energy in these areas…”

Full media release: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Media-Center/Press-Releases/2013/09/Jeff-Raikes-to-Retire-as-CEO-of-the-Bill-and-Melinda-Gates-Foundation