MSI President Larry Cooley today announced that 22-year veteran and current Senior Vice President Keith Brown has been named the company’s next President, effective 1 March. Larry will remain highly engaged, transitioning to a full-time position as a President Emeritus and Senior Advisor to MSI and Coffey.
Larry has been President since he founded MSI in 1981. MSI joined Coffey’s international development business in 2008 and is based in the United States.
Coffey Group Executive International Development Glen Simpson welcomed Keith’s appointment and Larry’s new role.
“Keith builds on MSI’s history of having a highly respected technical expert leading the firm,” Glen said.
“He has a deep understanding of MSI’s corporate culture, and, like Larry, commands tremendous respect among his fellow employees and clients.
“While expecting Keith to lead MSI into the future, we are also counting on him to be a faithful steward of the rich history and the technical excellence that MSI is known for.”
Keith has held a variety of senior leadership positions over 10 years and has been MSI’s Senior Vice President for the past four years.
He has been responsible for overall technical direction in strategic planning, performance measurement, organisational assessment, evaluation and research. He has also provided oversight to MSI’s work in economic growth, education, environment, public sector management and health.
Previously, he held senior positions within MSI, served as Chief of Party on a USAID-funded project in Washington, D.C., and was a senior M&E advisor to USAID/Kenya. His country and regional experience includes Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Near East and the Balkans.
“I am truly honoured to follow in Larry’s footsteps and look forward to tackling new challenges and pursuing new opportunities,” Keith said.
“MSI has a very strong culture emphasising innovation and learning, a history of thought leadership, and a deep commitment to making the world a better place, and I am keen to do my part to bring about the next phase of the company’s development.”
Larry founded MSI in 1981 and remained at the helm of the firm when it was acquired by Coffey in 2008. In his new role, he will devote additional time to thought leadership initiatives with USAID and other donors, and will share his expertise as a mentor and advisor with other parts of Coffey.
“Keith has been a trusted colleague and a dear friend for more than 20 years. There is nobody more qualified to lead MSI’s next chapter,” Larry said.