DHR International places Chief Development & Marketing Officer, Humane Society of the United States

October, 2018

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Washington, DC– Search firm DHR International successfully recruited the new Chief Development & Marketing officer for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), John Vranas. In his new role, Vranas will manage the Philanthropy, Communications, Marketing, and Business Development & Corporate Relations departments of the organization.

Partners Kara Teising and Debbie Graf ran the search for HSUS. Both partners have years of experience specializing in nonprofit recruitment, including previous searches for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Habitat for Humanity International, Earthjustice and The Wilderness Society.

“John brings the total package to a critical role like this one.  It’s very difficult to find a leader with a skill set that is equally strong in both development and marketing,” said Teising. “John has deep experience in both areas and has led teams up to 300.  This unique competency combined with his genuine passion for the HSUS mission brings us tremendous confidence in his ability to work effectively with the Board, HSUS leadership, staff and donor community to further HSUS’ long standing track record of being the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization.”

Since September 2016, Vranas was the Chief Development & Marketing Officer and Chief Strategy officer for Make-A-Wish International. In this position, Vranas led fundraising and marketing initiatives, served as global leader and strategy adviser to the President and CEO, and the International Board of Directors, and supported and assisted affiliates chapters in 50 countries. He joined Make-A-Wish America in 2014 as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Before joining Make-A-Wish, Vranas served as Vice President of Fundraising for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Senior Vice President of Field Operations at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s most effective animal protection organization. They provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. The HSUS is the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. They drive transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade. 

For more than 25 years DHR International has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 50 wholly-owned offices spanning the globe.  DHR’s renowned consultants specialize in all industries and functions in order to provide unparalleled senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the unique qualities and specifications of our select client base. For more information on DHR International, visit http://www.dhrinternational.com.

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