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Goodwill NCW names new president/CEO

Chris Hess (Photo courtesy Goodwill NCW)

MENASHA (WLUK) -- Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin has a new leader.

The nonprofit organization announced that Chris Hess has been named president and CEO. Hess replaces Bob Pedersen, who retired at the end of 2017.

“I’m honored to join such a wonderful organization,” Hess said in a news release. “Our team members have built a legacy in the communities we serve by impacting and elevating the lives of those who might be marginalized.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chris to Goodwill,” Gregg Curry, Goodwill NCW’s board chair, said in a news release. “He brings an exciting combination of experience, innovation and compassion to our efforts, and we’re confident that with his leadership, we’ll serve our communities across Wisconsin at even higher levels.”

Hess, 37, is currently vice president of market development and sales for ThedaCare. He has also worked for U.S. Venture and Genco (now FedEx Supply Chain). The Kenosha native earned a bachelor's degree from St. Norbert College and a master's in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Hess begins his duties at Goodwill NCW on March 26.

Goodwill NCW's territory covers 35 counties from Manitowoc to La Crosse. It includes 27 retail stores and 24 human services programs. The Goodwill Community Campus in Menasha is home to more than 20 community agencies and programs, some of which are not affiliated with Goodwill.

The organization served 72,937 people in 2017.

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