AKRON, Pa – Ten Thousand Villages Board of Directors has appointed Carl Lundblad, as interim chief executive officer (CEO) effective October 3. Lundblad will lead the nonprofit fair trade retailer and its network of 75 stores. He replaces Pam Raffensberger, who resigned in July.
Lundblad most recently served as Chief Legal and Administrative Officer at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. through completion of its acquisition by BB&T Corporation before working as an independent business consultant. He also currently serves as an advisor to international microenterprise development organization HOPE International, and as an adjunct instructor at Messiah College, teaching masters-level business and leadership classes.
Ann Batlle, acting chair of Ten Thousand Villages board of directors said, “Carl’s financial, strategic, and organizational expertise, coupled with his energy and mission-driven approach to leadership make him the right person to lead Ten Thousand Villages.”
“I look forward to working with the Board and leadership team of Ten Thousand Villages to build a sustainable retail organization that supports and empowers independent artisans around the globe,” said Lundblad. “Ten Thousand Villages holds a special place as a pioneer in the fair trade movement and I am excited to contribute to efforts to ensure that this mission continues.”
Ten Thousand Villages, the oldest and largest fair trade retailer in the United States, offers artisan-crafted gifts, home decor, jewelry and personal accessories, handcrafted by skilled artisans around the globe.
Featuring products from more than 100 artisan groups in 30 developing countries, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income for 70 years. All artisans are fairly paid for their products.
For more information visit www.tenthousandvillages.com.