Orbis International announced the appointment of Derek Hodkey as the organization’s new CEO and President, with immediate effect, following the retirement of Bob Ranck, who led Orbis for over 4 years.
Mr. Hodkey has leadership experience in both the private sector and in international NGOs. He joins Orbis from Counterpart International, an INGO that partners with leaders, organizations and social sector networks to build inclusive, sustainable communities. As Counterpart’s Chief Operating Officer for the past 6 years, Derek has been responsible for providing strategic and tactical leadership across all business units to drive the organization forward and to ensure quality, timely and accountable operational execution both in headquarters and country offices.
Prior to his time at Counterpart, Derek spent 8 years at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), the last 3 of which were as Executive Director, R&D Global Operations. He began his career at Merck & Co, initially as a chemist, but went on to hold several roles over the next 12 years – including Director, Resource & Research Planning – before moving into a senior management position at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Cambridge Healthtech Associates Inc.
“We are thrilled to have Derek join the Orbis team,” Kevin McAllister, Chairman, Orbis International, said in a company news release. “His background in science and health coupled with his operational, financial and fundraising experience is a tremendous strength, and we look forward to watching Derek lead Orbis into its next phase and continue to change the way the world sees.”
Focused on fighting avoidable blindness, Orbis works with its network of partners, supporters and volunteers to train eye care professionals in places with the greatest need so they can save and restore vision in their communities. During the last 4 years, Orbis has implemented significant innovations that are revolutionizing the future of eye care – including its first-ever simulation-only training project, the launch of its first Green Vision Center in India, and exceptional growth on its award-winning telemedicine platform, Cybersight.
“For more than 25 years, I’ve worked in a health-related field, and the chance to come back to those roots and join Orbis is exciting,” says Mr. Hodkey. “The organization has achieved great successes, and I’m truly looking forward to continuing this work to improve the quality of life for those in greatest need, especially children.”