Building on WildAid’s massive successes as it completes its first 20 years, Founder & President Peter Knights and the Board see the urgent global imperative of building on its core competencies to further expand the organization’s impact on addressing growing threats facing wildlife and endangered species around the world.

As part WildAid’s ongoing growth Peter Knights will focus on building the WildAid brand externally, helping to craft its strategy, working with its communications and conservation partners, and developing funding support. Peter will maintain his leadership, vision, and creative focus in the organization’s efforts to change consumer behavior and advance the conservation of wildlife.

The Board of Directors has commenced a search for a new CEO to lead the organization’s next phase of development and impact.  This search represents an important step forward for the organization to develop in a way that will continue to deliver ground-breaking results, expand and sustain funding, and retain and attract top world-class talent.

The organization is engaged in ambitious initiatives to:

  • protect wildlife and prevent another pandemic by eliminating wildlife markets and reducing the consumption of wild animals;
  • protect iconic species by ending the wildlife trade and addressing urgent threats;
  • mobilize citizens in Africa to support strengthened conservation actions in their countries for long-term conservation success;
  • safeguard marine wildlife by improving effectiveness at 250 critical marine reserves, among other efforts; and
  • protect wildlife habitat by curtailing destructive human consumption behaviors.

The organization has retained Koya Leadership Partners to lead the search for its new CEO.

WildAid’s Board of Directors is committed to a thorough and inclusive search, ensuring a deep and diverse pool of outstanding candidates. The search committee is engaging stakeholders including donors, non-profit partners and staff to provide input into the CEO role and guidance regarding potential candidates. WildAid anticipates hiring and onboarding the CEO by this summer.

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About WildAid

WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to protect wildlife from illegal trade and other imminent threats. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid primarily works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as elephant ivory, rhino horn and shark fin soup. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and a global network of media partners, WildAid leverages more than $308 million in annual pro-bono media support with a simple message: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too. 

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