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Caroline Jenner leaving CEO position at JA Europe and appointed COO of JA Worldwide

Brussels, 13 September 2019

JA Europe has announced that Caroline Jenner is leaving her position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JA Europe in order to take on the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at JA Worldwide, starting February 2020.

Caroline became JA Europe’s founding CEO in 2002. Over the last 17 years, JA Europe’s network has grown from 33 to 40 members and is now reaching over 4 million young people annually. JA Europe and its member countries have spearheaded a number of innovative initiatives including the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass, a micro credential for young people; the Innovation Cluster for Entrepreneurship Education, a multi-country research project on impact and system-change; and the Entrepreneurship Education NETwork (EE-HUB), a large-scale advocacy effort to engage key experts and stakeholders.

For Caroline, working at JA Europe has been a unique and incredibly rewarding experience. “I am proud to have been a part of building the network and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many outstanding teams of people at both the national and European levels. I am looking forward to continuing to promote entrepreneurship and employability for young people in my new role at JA Worldwide.”

JA Worldwide CEO, Asheesh Advani, is looking forward to Caroline’s new role. “Caroline has been a strong leader for JA Europe and is a natural choice to serve as the COO of JA Worldwide after the upcoming retirement of Margie Wang. A passionate advocate of maximizing the social impact of JA, Caroline understands that JA’s unique advantage is our human capital, our network of teams around the world that have the power to improve humanity by inspiring youth. We will all be able to accomplish more with her leadership.”

Speaking on behalf of the JA Europe Board, Adam Warby, Chairman of the JA Europe Board, thanked Caroline for her work, especially, “the incredible impact that she has had as CEO over the past 16 years. Caroline’s passion for youth entrepreneurship and employability, combined with her strong leadership, helped create and shape the JA Europe organization and has made a significant difference on the lives of the many young people who have participated in programs over the years. We wish her all the very best as she takes on her new role with the JA Worldwide network.”

Cecilia Nykvist, Chair of the Board of Executives of JA Europe and CEO of JA Sweden, agrees. “We are 40 member countries with different local challenges and diverse education systems. Caroline and her team have brought us closer together and established a real sense of community. I am sure she will take that spirit with her to JA Worldwide.”

The JA Europe Board of Directors has established a selection committee to appoint a successor in time to allow a well-managed transition. A call for applications will be opened soon on the JA Europe website (jaeurope.org).


ABOUT JA EUROPE
JA Europe (jaeurope.org) is Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy, reaching 4 million students in 40 countries in 2018. JA works with the education and business communities, as well as governments to provide young people from primary school to university with experiences that build the skills and competences they will need to succeed in a global economy. JA Europe is the European Regional Operating Centre for JA Worldwide (jaworldwide.org).

ABOUT JA WORLDWIDE
As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, JA Worldwide prepares young people for employment and entrepreneurship. For 100 years, JA has delivered hands on, experiential learning in work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. We create pathways for employability, job creation, and financial success. Each year, our network of over 450,000 volunteers serves more than 10 million students in over 100 countries. Visit us at jaworldwide.org.

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