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Secretary Timothy Geithner, Sally Susman Elected Co-chairs of the International Rescue Committee

Today the International Rescue Committee (IRC) announced the election of Secretary Timothy Geithner and Sally Susman as co-chairs of the board of directors. Secretary Geithner and Ms. Susman will succeed Katherine Farley and Tracy Wolstencroft as board co-chairs.

Secretary Geithner has served on the IRC board since 2013, and was most recently the chair of IRC overseers, a group that advises the board of directors on matters of policy, advocacy and fundraising.

Secretary Geithner, whose first exposure to the IRC dates back to 1979, when he visited refugee camps along the Thai-Cambodian border, said, “I am proud to help support this vital organization at this time of extreme humanitarian need in so many parts of the world.”

Mr. Geithner was the 75th secretary of the treasury for the first term of President Barack Obama’s administration, and served as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York between 2003 and 2009. He is currently the president of Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm based in New York.

Ms. Susman has been an IRC board member since 2011, and has been a driving force behind the organization’s ever-growing partnership with Pfizer.

“The services that the IRC provides are more critical than ever before, as record number of people are fleeing war and persecution worldwide,” said Ms. Susman. “I am honored at the opportunity to continue supporting IRC’s programs in over 40 war-affected countries, as well as their resettlement work in the U.S.”

Ms. Susman is currently the executive vice president, chief corporate affairs officer for Pfizer, where she leads the company’s global policy, public affairs and communications efforts, and is vice chair of the Pfizer Foundation. She is also on the board of WPP, the UK-based global advertising company.

David Miliband, IRC president and CEO, said, “Secretary Geithner and Sally Susman are committed, thoughtful, innovative supporters of the IRC and we are thrilled to have them co-chair our very strong board of directors. I look forward to collaborating closely with them to ensure we’re delivering high-impact, cost-effective and efficient programs to those who need it the most.”

“Katherine Farley and Tracy Wolstencroft provided great leadership and support during a period of massive growth and change for the IRC,” said Mr. Miliband. “Throughout their tenure, we navigated more political and humanitarian crises than ever before, but more importantly, we’ve made a bigger and better impact on the people we serve.”

About the IRC

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 28 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.