Leadership Succession at Crisis Action
Andrew Hudson leaving Crisis Action in March 2021
After almost 11 years of service, Andrew Hudson has decided to leave Crisis Action to return home with his family to Melbourne, Australia in March 2021. It is hard to summarize the extent of Andrew’s profound impact on Crisis Action. Since joining Crisis Action in 2010 he has been UN Director, Deputy Executive Director, Acting Executive Director and Executive Director. When he joined Crisis Action, the organization was about 12 people with a budget of just over US$1 million. He leaves with the organization consisting of nearly 50 people and a budget of over US$5 million. As Executive Director, Andrew has successfully globalized the organization including exciting new initiatives on China and Russia. He has also ensured excellent diversity at all levels of the organization and nurtured an inclusive organizational culture. Andrew has led some of Crisis Action’s most successful advocacy campaigns to protect civilians in warzones such as Congo, Libya, Central African Republic, Syria, South Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela. The board is extremely appreciative of Andrew’s strategic and caring leadership.
Nicola Reindorp Appointed Next Chief Executive Officer
I am delighted to announce that the board has decided to appoint Nicola Reindorp as Crisis Action’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO), starting in April 2021 and based in London. Nicola has been Deputy Executive Director for over 5 years and was before that Campaign Director and a Crisis Action board member for six years. The board has consistently been impressed with Nicola’s strengths across the full gamut of skills needed in the Executive Director position. These include exceptional: strategic grasp and vision, empathetic and team-based leadership, fundraising skills, campaigning prowess, high-level networking and relationship building, communication skills; passion for our mission as well as a thirst for creativity and learning. During Andrew’s sabbatical in 2018, Nicola stepped in to lead the organization alone and excelled in the role. The board felt that changing the title from Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer was a more precise description of the position.
The board carefully considered whether to publicly recruit to find Andrew’s successor. We believed that it was in Crisis Action’s best interest to appoint Nicola without a public recruitment. There is a growing body of research that has studied successful NGO CEO transitions and concluded that strong internal candidates are usually more successful. This is even more likely the case for Crisis Action with its unusual model, which an incoming external candidate could take considerable time to master. Most importantly, in Nicola we had a candidate of such strengths, we did not believe we could find a stronger leader. We are delighted that the Senior Management Team is extremely supportive of this decision.
Succession planning and handover
In a time of radical uncertainty, we are comforted by the fact that Andrew and Nicola can work together in a seamless 6-month handover. The extended handover provides certainty, continuity and security at a time when they are in short supply around the world. The board looks forward to working with Nicola, the entire organization and all our partners and allies in Crisis Action’s next chapter of protecting civilians caught in the horrors of war. Crisis Action’s unique collaborative model of catalyzing collective action is needed more than ever.
Crisis Action Board Chair
September 28, 2020