Chris Jackson, new president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont has named Chris Jackson its new president and CEO, according to a news release today.

“I am extremely excited and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead this amazing organization. The mission, passion and excellence of staff and leadership, as well as the ability to help positively transform communities, inspires me,” Jackson said in a statement.

Jackson will become the fifth president in the organization’s 51-year history, succeeding Michael Elder, who announced his retirement earlier this year after 40 years as president and CEO.

“Chris brings more than 25 years of executive leadership responsibilities, and a demonstrated ability to successfully lead teams and manage complex operational processes,” Elder said in the news release. “His ability to build strategic relationships, implement successful process improvements, develop talent and create great work environments will serve him well in his new role.”

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont helps individuals build careers in a variety of in-demand industries including customer service, administrative and business services, and construction.

“The search committee, under the direction of local search firm Anderson & Associates, conducted a national search, and to be able to name one of our very own to take the helm and build upon the legacy of leadership, impact and innovation is gratifying,” Sara Garces-Roselli, chair of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s Board of Directors, said in the news release.

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About Chris Jackson

• Jackson joined Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont in November 2010 as vice president of Strategic Planning and Organizational Development and was promoted to executive vice president of Workforce Services & Organizational Development in April 2013.

• Before joining Goodwill, Jackson was vice president of Community Building for United Way of Central Carolinas and a principal in the Retail Client Group for The Vanguard Group in Charlotte and Valley Forge, Pa.

• He is a member of the Charlotte Regional Partnership Board of Directors, North Carolina Outward Bound Charlotte Advisory Board, Charlotte Merchants Foundation, and Crisis Assistance Ministry Board of Directors.

• Jackson holds a Business Degree in Organizational Innovation from the University of Phoenix.