People in the News (1/04/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (1/04/15): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

Philanthropy Northwest has announced the appointment of ANN SAXTON as vice president, a new position. Saxton has worked in wireless communications for over fifteen years, most recently as treasurer at Trilogy International Partners. "Ann brings an exceptional set of global professional experiences, and as a native Oregonian she brings an important perspective to the network," said Philanthropy Northwest CEO Jeff Clarke. "She's steeped in entrepreneurship, has strong leadership and management skills...[and her] deep experience with and understanding of financial capital allows her to immediately step into the conversation about creative ways to drive impact."

The Freedom Foundation has announced the appointment of BRIAN MINNICH as executive vice president. Minnich, most recently founding director of a political consulting firm, previously served for nineteen years as legislative affairs director for the Building Industry Association of Washington during the same period that Freedom Foundation CEO Tom McCabe was the association's executive director. Earlier, Minnich served as a legislative assistant to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

SourceAmerica has announced the appointment of STEVEN SOROKA as chief executive. Soroka, most recently group vice president for Unisys Corp., previously served in several executive and operational roles in the telecommunications industry. Soroka's background also includes executive-level experience with commercial, startup, and government operations as both a provider and consumer of services. He will succeed BOB CHAMBERLIN, who is retiring after fifteen years with SourceAmerica.

The Global Poverty Project has appointed Forbes magazine editor RANDALL LANE to its board. Lane, a longtime supporter of the organization, currently chairs its advisory board. Lane began his career at Forbes as a reporter, staff writer, and Washington bureau chief, and later co-founded a half-dozen magazines and related websites, including P.O.V., Trader Monthly, and Dealmaker.

In other news, PND notes the passing of VALLEAU WILKIE, JR., on December 23. Wilkie, a recognized leader in philanthropy and education, served as executive vice president of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation from 1973 to 2011. His professional associations included service as president of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, and the Conference of Southwest Foundations. He also was chair of the U.S. Office of Education's Advisory Committee on Accreditation and Institutional Eligibility and of the Council on Foundations, and served on the boards of the Foundation Center [PND's parent organization] and the National Charities Information Bureau. Earlier in his life, Wilkie had a long career in education at two prestigious Massachusetts boarding Schools, the Governor's Academy and Phillips Academy Andover. Wilkie also served during World War II as a fighter pilot, was shot down in Holland, and imprisoned for ten months in Germany.

"Introducing Ann Saxton, Our New Vice President." Philanthropy Northwest Press Release 12/18/2014. "Freedom Foundation Adds Brian Minnich as Executive Vice President." Freedom Foundation Press Release 12/18/2014. "Wilkie, Longtime Head of Sid Richardson Foundation, Dies at 91." Fort Worth Business Press 12/23/2014. "SourceAmerica Names Steven Soroka as President and CEO." SourceAmerica Press Release 12/22/2014. "Forbes Media Editor Randall Lane Joins Global Board of the Global Poverty Project." Forbes Magazine 12/17/2014.