Enactus Names Rachael A. Jarosh as New President and CEO

  • August 17, 2016
  • By: Tona Rowett

Enactus announced today that its Worldwide Board of Directors has named Rachael A. Jarosh as the organization’s next president and chief executive officer. Her appointment will be effective 1 October 2016.

“Rachael was unanimously voted as our top choice among many strong candidates in a global search led by Korn Ferry,” said Kees Kruythoff, president of Unilever North America and Enactus worldwide board chair. “As we seek to position Enactus for future success, the Board focused on identifying an extraordinary leader who brings vision, focus and a breadth of experience. The Board is confident that Rachael’s experience and passion for leading high-performing teams will invigorate the global Enactus community of leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Jarosh joins Enactus with 22 years of experience in branding, communications and philanthropy after beginning her career as an attorney. Previously, Jarosh served as president of the Pentair Foundation, led global corporate communications for Pentair plc and worked at the intersection of private and non-profit partnerships. As the new CEO of Enactus, Jarosh’s top priorities will be accelerating the organization’s impact and advancing the Enactus mission to inspire students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action.

“I am honored and excited to join Enactus. I am passionate about the entrepreneurial spirit that is at the heart of the Enactus mission and am committed to empowering the talented team to realize its full potential,” Jarosh said. “As we look to the future, I will focus on our current performance, on strengthening our global community of current and former students, academic and business leaders and on realizing the impact of the Enactus student leaders as together, we create a better, more sustainable world.”

“Enactus and Walmart have enjoyed a long, strong partnership, and I am excited about the new direction and leadership Rachael will inspire for the entire Enactus community,” said Mike Moore, executive vice president of U.S. Supercenters, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Enactus worldwide board vice chair.

“As chairman of the Council of Country Board Chairs and a member of the Worldwide Board of Directors, I was pleased to represent the global Enactus community in the final selection process. Rachael’s international experience and work with global teams toward a shared vision inspire my confidence in her abilities, and I am confident the country board chairs will enjoy working with Rachael,” said Joerg Krell, equity partner of execon partners management consultants.

Jarosh succeeds Alvin Rohrs, who announced his intent to retire in April 2016.