CarterBaldwin Recruits CEO for the American Bible Society

January 8, 2024 – CarterBaldwin Executive Search has assisted in the recruitment of Jennifer Holloran as the new president and CEO of the American Bible Society in Philadelphia, PA. The assignment was led by partner Andrea McDaniel Smith. “While we are continuing to support the essential work of Scripture translation, ABS must also develop new ways to make the bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford – so all people may experience its life-changing message,” said Katherine Barnhart, board chair. “Jennifer Holloran brings a unique combination of professional experience, servant-leadership mentality, deep passion for the bible, and great energy for pursuing innovation that together will ensure American Bible Society remains nimble and impactful in this next phase of its work.”

Dr. Holloran’s hiring concludes a more than yearlong search process by the board’s presidential search committee and CarterBaldwin. She becomes the first female president in American Bible Society’s 207-year history. Dr. Holloran will join American Bible Society on March 1, 2024, after 22 years in various leadership roles at Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, most recently as chief operating officer. In this role, she oversaw Wycliffe USA’s global operations, including field partnerships, church engagement, finances, human resources, marketing and communications, development, and technology.

Dr. Holloran previously served as Wycliffe USA’s chief human resources officer, among other roles. She has also served on the boards of numerous organizations working to expand access to and engagement with the Bible, including Missio Nexus, Mission Aviation Fellowship USA, and Partners International. In addition to her professional experience, Dr. Holloran brings a strong educational pedigree.

“Jennifer is an exceptional leader whose strategic vision and steadfast commitment to Wycliffe’s vision and mission have significantly shaped our organization,” said John Chesnut, president and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators USA. “Her innovative approach and ability to connect well with our global team and partner organizations have made a profound impact on the efforts of bible translation, and we look forward to working with the American Bible Society under her capable leadership.”

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“American Bible Society is well positioned to come alongside the global Church in helping people understand the word, grow deep roots, and truly become hearers and doers of the word that produce fruit,” said Dr. Holloran. “I’m excited to bring a fresh perspective to leading this historic organization as it continues to adapt to cultural and technological trends that create significant new challenges and thrilling opportunities.”

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Since 1816, American Bible Society has worked to make the bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford. One of the nation’s first and most enduring ministries, today’s American Bible Society provides resources across a variety of platforms, enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians.

Veteran Consultants

CarterBaldwin is an executive search firm that partners with corporate, non-profit, and academic clients to build leadership teams. They pride themselves on having an experienced staff, an unrivaled search process, and an exceptional client and candidate experience. The firm is listed among a variety of rankings published by Hunt Scanlon Media, including its Top 50, Private Equity Power 100, and Top 50 Higher Education Search Firms.

Ms. McDaniel Smith directs CarterBaldwin’s office in Washington, D.C., and serves social sector clients including non-profit organizations, universities, foundations, and social enterprises. Prior to entering executive search, she gained extensive experience in public policy, public-private partnerships and non-profit organizations.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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