Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) announced Monday that Sudbury resident Pamela Salkovitz has been named interim Chief Executive Officer of the council.
Ms. Salkovitz is a results-driven executive with vast experience in consumer branding. During the past three years, she has been a partner at Konnected Advisors, providing services to private equity and start-up to mid-sized companies across multiple industries. In this role, she facilitates business model development, coaches business founders to become investor-ready, works with teams to formulate and execute strategy while focusing on driving growth and achieving cost efficiencies. She will take a leave of absence from Konnected Advisors while she serves as Interim CEO at GSEM.
Previously, Ms. Salkovitz served as president of the Stride Rite Children's Group, a multi-million dollar children’s footwear and accessories business. During her tenure in this position, she achieved success by creating new business through licensing, expanding product offerings, and introducing award-winning retail concepts. Prior to joining Stride Rite, she held senior management positions at well-known global retail companies. Ms. Salkovitz holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BBA from the Isenberg School of Management at UMASS/Amherst.
As Interim CEO at GSEM, Ms. Salkovitz will lead current operations while preparing for the future.
Ms. Salkovitz received GSEM's "Leading Women" Award in 2007, joined GSEM's Board of Directors in 2013, and has served on the council's Development Committee since 2010. She will serve in an ex-officio (non-voting) capacity on the Board until the transition to a permanent council CEO is completed.
GSEM Board President Elizabeth Stevenson said Ms. Salkovitz was selected in part because she is a strategic thinker with a track record of delivering high growth and profitability for world-class consumer brands that appeal to women and children. "Pam is known for strong financial management, operational productivity and building high quality teams and partnerships, while developing creative solutions to drive revenue. By applying this expertise at GSEM, she will help the council maximize current revenue streams and develop new ventures to ensure financial sustainability," she said.
Ms. Salkovitz said, "Throughout my years of service to GSEM and most recently as a member of the Board of Directors, I have been inspired by the girls' stories about how Girl Scouts has helped them become leaders. I am truly excited and honored to contribute to the organization in this new capacity, and look forward to working collaboratively with the board and senior staff to achieve current goals while building a plan for the next phase of the council."
Stevenson added, "Pam is well-positioned to ensure continuity as we identify and launch new initiatives designed to bring the Girl Scout leadership experience to more girls, create new innovative and effective programming, and strengthen the council's financial position."
GSEM has formed a CEO Search Committee, led by Board Member Roc O'Connell, which will engage an executive search firm and manage a national CEO search. The search process is expected to take six months.