Korn Ferry Recruits CEO for Wounded Warrior Project

June 22, 2016 – Executive search and leadership solutions provider Korn Ferry has recruited Michael S. Linnington as chief executive officer of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

Mr. Linnington will oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations and set strategic vision to guide the organization forward. He will be responsible for ensuring that WWP’s free, direct programs and services continue to have the greatest possible impact on the more than 100,000 warriors, WWP alumni, caretakers and families who rely on the organization’s life-changing services.

He joins WWP from the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), where he was appointed director by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. There, he led the U.S. government’s efforts to research, investigate, recover and identify the nation’s missing / unaccounted for personnel from past conflicts.

Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant General, Mr. Linnington served as the military deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and as the commanding general of the Military District of Washington / Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region. He also held general officer positions of responsibility as deputy commanding general at Fort Benning, Ga.; commandant of cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point; and Deputy chief of staff for plans and policy for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command (IJC) in Kabul, Afghanistan. His decorated 35-year military career includes three tours in combat operations and key command positions in numerous assignments around the world.

“Mike’s extensive military experience and proven leadership credentials make him the perfect candidate to lead WWP,” said Anthony Odierno, chairman of the WWP board of directors. “Mike understands the unique needs of our nation’s veteran community, is a collaborative team-builder, and is deeply committed to fulfilling our mission of honoring and empowering Wounded Warriors. I am excited for WWP’s path forward under his leadership.”

“I have long held the utmost respect and appreciation for Wounded Warrior Project’s vital mission, and I am excited to join them as CEO,” said Mr. Linnington. “When our wounded veterans return home from combat, they rely on WWP and the organization’s dedicated team to provide necessary physical and mental health services, as well as economic empowerment and engagement programs that make a meaningful impact on their lives, and the lives of their families and caregivers. Being part of an organization committed to this important mission is a sacred duty and solemn responsibility.”

WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. It is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, FL.

Various charitable foundations have tuned to executive search firms in recent months to find new leaders. Here is a look at just a few taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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