November 6, 2023 – Following an extensive selection process, Korn Ferry has assisted in the recruitment of Roger Krone as the new president and CEO of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). He succeeds Roger Mosby as the 113-year-old organization’s top administrator. “Roger Krone has spent his entire career transforming complex businesses and preparing them for what lies ahead,” said Brad Tilden, who serves as the BSA’s national chair. “His experience, combined with his personal passion for scouting, will enable him to look at a familiar organization in new ways and find innovative approaches to welcoming more youth into the adventure of Scouting. Our movement could not be more excited to welcome him as our new leader.”
The BSA’s CEO search process began in the spring of 2023 with the selection of Korn Ferry, which used a robust and inclusive process involving a range of BSA stakeholders. This group, which included representatives from throughout our movement including youth, scout executives, and BSA alumni, was tasked with providing feedback to inform the search. In late October, the chief scout executive selection committee unanimously selected Krone to present to the BSA’s national executive committee and national board.
Mr. Krone recently retired as the chairman and CEO of Leidos, a $15 billion Fortune 250 government technology solutions firm where, in nine years of leadership, he and his team nearly tripled revenue and more than doubled the workforce. An Eagle Scout who spent summers at scout camp and Philmont Scout Ranch, Mr. Krone regularly applied the lessons he learned in scouting during an engineering and aerospace career spanning more than 45 years. Prior to his work at Leidos, he held leadership roles at some of the most prominent aerospace companies in the world, including serving as president of Network and Space Systems at Boeing.
Mr. Krone earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a master of business administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is both a licensed commercial pilot and a certified public accountant. Mr. Krone is also a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
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“As a life-long scout, the opportunity to lead the scouting movement represents the perfect capstone to a long and fruitful career and a chance to give back,” said Mr. Krone. “The program was a big part of my life and the lives of my children. I want to make sure every child has an opportunity to have that same amazing experience.”
Surging Non-Profit Sector Seeks Senior Leaders
During a time of tremendous societal transformation, not-for-profit organizations provide support and stability for individuals and their communities. These mission-driven institutions create equitable opportunities for all, leverage funds and resources for critical social programs and initiatives, and ensure at-risk and underserved individuals are not left behind, according to WittKieffer. The value of not-for-profits has only intensified as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and corresponding progressive social movements. Executive recruiters say today’s not-for-profits face a growing need for exceptional leaders.
“Passionate, driven and talented not-for-profit leadership is vital for managing increasingly complex challenges while keeping organizations focused on their central missions,” said WittKieffer. “Without strong executives, non-profits struggle and thus individuals and communities suffer. CEOs, executive directors, and senior teams in the non-profit sector must be able to envision, develop, and execute strategic plans that ensure their organizations can succeed and continue to make a difference in the lives of those they serve.”
“On behalf of the entire scouting movement, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Roger Mosby,” said Mr. Tilden. “Leading the restructuring process was exceptionally challenging, and Roger demonstrated unwavering determination and resolve throughout. We will never be able thank him enough for what he’s done for scouting.”
Nation’s Foremost Youth Program
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. More than 130 million Americans have been through our programs since its founding, and currently more than 1 million youth are served by 460,000 adult volunteers in local councils throughout the country.
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media