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December 10, 2012


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Stanley Foundation President Sambaiew to Retire

MUSCATINE, Iowa – Stanley Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Vladimir P. Sambaiew has announced he will retire from the world affairs nonprofit as of January 11, 2013.  He looks forward to spending more time with close family and grandchildren in Arizona and Australia.

Sambaiew joined the foundation September 4, 2007, following a 30-year US State Department career. He led the foundation’s work during a major transition period in its history and, in close cooperation with the Board of Directors and staff, refocused programming initiatives on key challenges in the areas of human protection, nuclear security, and global governance.

“We are extremely grateful to Vlad for his management of the foundation’s work and the contribution he has made toward advancing our policy change goals,” said Richard H. Stanley, Chair of the Board of Directors. “We wish him every success in the future.”

Sambaiew told staff that he remains deeply committed to the vision, mission, and core values of the foundation which has emphasized a ‘secure peace with freedom and justice' since 1956.

“The foundation’s work is as critical as ever despite many changing realities during the last half century,” Sambaiew said.  He added that “one need only point to current conflicts in Syria, Mali, and the Congo to underscore the dangers that many people face daily just to survive.  Efforts to stop genocide and mass atrocities continue as central humanitarian priorities.  The potential of nuclear terrorism anywhere in the world is another major threat that needs to be directly addressed.  Closer to home, the foundation’s global education efforts fill otherwise unmet needs in Muscatine and Iowa”.

Stanley announced the Board will appoint foundation Director of Policy and Outreach Keith Porter as interim president effective January 12, 2013.

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