New Country Director for Peace Corps Azerbaijan
We’ve been without an official Director at Peace Corps Azerbaijan for a little over a month, now. Meredith, our previous Country Director, left in May as it was the end of her Peace Corps stint. Since then, we’ve had our Administrative Officer and the Program and Training Officer sharing Director duties, followed by an interim Director sent from DC for about 3-4 weeks. On June 29th, our new Peace Corps Azerbaijan Director was sworn in:
“We are proud to welcome this group of country directors to the Peace Corps community,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. “Their dedication and leadership will help us promote a better understanding between host countries and Americans.”
The new country directors include: Macie Whittington (Azerbaijan), Tim Hartman (Botswana), Mikel Herrington (Bulgaria), Penny Fields (Cambodia), Julie Burns (Guinea), Denny F. Robertson (Philippines), Steven Driehaus (Swaziland), David Claussenius (Thailand), and Loucine Hayes (Uganda).
Lucky you, David Claussenius, going to Thailand. Here’s the bio for Macie Whittington:
Macie Whittington (RPCV Moldova, 2008-2010)
Macie Whittington has spent most of her career in the private sector in executive leadership positions in medium to large IT technology and services providers. Her recent experience includes vice president of operations and vice president of channels and alliances for a global IT services company. Whittington has also led international business development and marketing for consulting and services firms, working with partners such as HP, IBM, and Fujitsu in North America, Europe, and Asia.
So, that’s quite a load of experience. You’ll also notice that she just recently finished her Peace Corps service, just last year. Our previous Director hadn’t actually served as a PCV, but did have quite a bit of business and management experience. I’m excited to meet our new Director, and curious about how her recent experience shapes what she does here in Azerbaijan.