Jane Hwang to Succeed Alice Tepper Marlin as CEO
Joe Iarocci, SAI Board member & former general counsel of CARE:

"Jane lives out SAI's mission to advance the human rights of workers around the world," said "She knows how to build bridges among businesses, NGOs, unions and other stakeholders sharing that mission. Jane deserves our heartfelt thanks and vigorous support."
Ivano Corriani, SAI Advisory Board member & Secretary General of FILCAMS-CGIL (the main Italian union, with over 5.7 million members):

"Having known Jane during the last 10 years of common work to improve working conditions around the world, I have learned to appreciate her awareness and sincere consideration of the trade union's role. I am sure that in her new and deserved position, she will keep the helm steady with strength and balance." 
Jan Furstenborgi, SAI Board member & former head of UNI Commerce Global Union:

"Alice Tepper Marlin has made my many years as a trade unionist on the Advisory Board and Board of Directors into a continuing learning experience. Her unique commitment and experience has shown me the need for governments, employers and unions to work together to defend human rights and decent working and social conditions in global supply chains. My strong commitment to SAI and SA8000 will continue and I am delighted that Jane Hwang will now take the responsibility of guiding this important initiative at a very demanding but also inspiring time."
The Board of Directors of Social Accountability International (SAI) is pleased to announce that Jane Hwang will serve as SAI's new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016. 
"The Search Committee did an exhaustive search, interviewing an impressive array of candidates with NGO and business experience," stated Steve Newman, Chair of the SAI Search committee, member of the SAI Board of Directors and Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Public Health Solutions. "Jane Hwang was proposed by the Search Committee, drawn from both the Governing and the Advisory Boards, and unanimously elected to the position."  
"I couldn't be more delighted to have Jane step into the CEO role at SAI. Her wisdom, her tenacity, and her compassion will serve SAI - and, even more importantly, our stakeholders - very well as we navigate the next phase of our journey together" said Amy Hall, Chair of the SAI Advisory Board and Director of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher.
Ms.Hwang succeeds Alice Tepper Marlin, Founder, President & CEO of SAI since 1997. Dan Henkle, member of the SAI Board of Directors and President of the Gap Foundation & SVP, Global Sustainability, Gap Inc., thanked Ms.Tepper Marlin for her service: "When I think of true luminaries in the human rights community, Alice immediately comes to mind. She has been a true champion of social innovation throughout her career, and her tireless work has literally helped millions of people live better lives. I salute Alice for her many, many contributions across all sectors of society. She is a visionary, a friend, a mentor and a role model for all of us."  

Ms.Tepper Marlin stated: "Jane's total dedication to SAI's mission, her proven technical proficiency, her common sense, and her development of innovative products, services and partnerships have long convinced me that SAI will thrive under her leadership. I am very appreciative of the Search Committee's thorough process and the staff's valuable input into the selection process." 

Ms. Hwang stated: "SAI's vision is a world where workers, communities and businesses thrive. Alice Tepper Marlin and our multi-stakeholder boards and partners pioneered this vision and made the world take notice. Their courage and ingenuity will always inspire and challenge us. SAI has had significant reach and impact. We have much to celebrate, but now even more to do. We must scale effective solutions and embed social responsibility into the mainstream. We are well poised, with a strong team of talented and committed staff, an array of innovative and high-impact programs, and a diverse network of partners. Working in multi-stakeholder collaboration, I look forward to broadening and deepening our collective impact."
Ms. Hwang currently serves as SAI's Chief Operating Officer. She has also been Acting CEO for two-quarters in 2015. She has led significant growth in SAI programs, which include: standards and assurance systems, corporate advisory services for corporations such as The Walt Disney Company, HP, Apple and VF Corporation; public-private partnerships with governments and multi-lateral agencies such as USAID, UKAID, DEG and IFC; technical assistance for licensees, vendors, factories and farms; training and capacity building for workers, managers, social auditors and consultants.  

Ms. Hwang has played a leading role in developing some of SAI's most innovative capacity building initiatives, such as TenSquared and Social Fingerprint, highly effective ways to measure and improve management systems, worker engagement, and social performance. She has co-authored implementation guides and served on working groups for international agencies such as the United Nations, World Bank International Finance Corporation and Global Reporting Initiative. Jane earned her B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University, where she received public service scholarship support from the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and was appointed to the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center's Student Leadership & Ethics Board.

The SAI Boards and staff hosted a Gala Tribute to Alice Tepper Marlin on October 27 in New York City. Donors, staff, prior  staff of Council on Economic Priorities, board members and Ms. Tepper Marlin took the occasion to welcome Jane Hwang as the new CEO.  Ms. Hwang will step into the new role as of January 1, 2016. Alice will continue to be an ambassador for SAI and workers around the world as Founder & President Emeritus.