Gates Foundation names new president

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced the appointment of Dr. Christopher Elias on Monday to the position of president of the foundation's Global Development Program.
Elias is currently the chief executive officer and president of PATH, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of people worldwide. In this new position, Elias will help lead the foundation's efforts to support people in developing countries to overcome poverty, hunger and disease.
"We are very pleased that Chris is joining the foundation to lead our global development work," Bill Gates, the co-chair of the foundation, said. "His leadership at PATH and long history in health and development will enhance our ability to deliver innovative solutions to some of the world's biggest challenges."
Elias will focus on the innovation and integrated delivery of interventions while overseeing an expanded portfolio, including the foundation's existing work in financial services for the poor, agricultural development and water, sanitation and hygiene. The foundation's U.S. and Global Libraries Programs will also be combined in this broader portfolio.
"We welcome Chris to the foundation," Melinda French Gates, the co-chair of the foundation, said. "As the foundation matures, and our ambitions continue to grow, the complementary experience and leadership he and Trevor bring will ensure that we take an integrated global approach to our work."
Before his tenure at PATH, Elias held senior positions with the Population Council, including a stint as a country representative in Thailand. Elias received his MD from Creighton University in 1983 and an MPH from the University of Washington in 1990.
"I am deeply honored to be joining the Gates Foundation" Elias said. "I look forward to applying my experience in health and development to help advance the foundation's ambitious mission."