CRS President Woo Reflects on First Year on the Job

January 4, 2013 by

From Our Sunday Visitor, a good interview with CRS president & CEO Carolyn Y. Woo, one year after she took over the reigns at CRS:

Serving the poor is a privilege, and hard work is required to earn that privilege, says Carolyn Y. Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services.

“That would sum up my first year of learning,” said Woo, 58, who, on Jan. 1, 2012, became the seventh chief executive of CRS since the international relief organization’s founding in 1943.

Woo, a Hong Kong native who previously served as dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, recently spoke with Our Sunday Visitor to reflect on her first year of leading CRS.

“This is God’s humor. I know little about international relief compared to the rest of my colleagues,” Woo said. “On average, everybody has 15 years of experience, and I don’t yet have 15 months of experience.”

“I bring new perspectives and organizational skills,” said Woo, who served on the CRS board of directors from 2004 to 2010. Her teaching and research areas include entrepreneurship, competitive strategy and organizational systems, including the study of why some organizations fail and others flourish.

Woo is also a student of the Catholic Church’s social teaching, especially on the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity.

Read the full interview on Our Sunday Visitor.

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