Alliance to End Hunger Applauds Selection of David Beasley as Executive Director of the World Food Program

March 29, 2017

WASHINGTON DC, March 29, 2017 – The Alliance to End Hunger is pleased by the appointment of Gov. David Beasley as Executive Director of the World Food Program and looks forward to working with him during his upcoming five-year term. Gov. Beasley replaces outgoing WFP head Ertharin Cousin, who has served in the position since 2012.

Gov. Beasley spoke to the Alliance’s Membership Meeting on March 9, expressing his interest in and support for programs targeting hungry individuals worldwide, and praising Alliance membership for their ongoing work to build the will to end hunger everywhere.

“We are very optimistic about our ongoing work to address hunger through Governor Beasley’s selection for the post,” stated Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger. “His commitment to poor and hungry people was apparent during his visit to our membership meeting, and we look forward to working closely with him in the months and years ahead.”

Gov. David Beasley and Alliance Executive Director Rebecca Middleton at the Alliance’s March 9 Member Meeting (Photo: Nathan Magrath/Alliance to End Hunger)

Gov. Beasley was Governor of South Carolina from 1995 to 1999.  Since leaving office, he has been involved in numerous international humanitarian efforts in virtually every area currently in crisis. In February, he was formally nominated for the WFP ED post by Amb. Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

In addition to his public service, he is a long-time friend of Alliance to End Hunger Executive Director Emeritus, Amb. Tony Hall. “In the many years I have known David, he has never been one to shy away from doing what is right for people, even when not politically expedient,” said Hall. “I have no doubt he will continue in this, and will excel in his new role.”