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American Bible society breaks tradition with historic appointment of first female president and CEO

by Kelly Valencia
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One of the largest Christian charities dedicated to the translation of the Bible worldwide has announced the appointment of its first female president and CEO.

In March, Jennifer Holloran will become the first woman to lead the American Bible Society (ABS) in its 200-year history, having previously served in various roles at Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, including as their Chief Operating Officer.

Speaking about her appointment, Holloran said: “I’m excited to bring a fresh perspective to leading this historic organisation as it continues to adapt to cultural and technological trends that create significant new challenges and thrilling opportunities.”

Holloran holds a doctorate in Strategic Leadership, and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. She is also a Christian singer-songwriter.

“While we are continuing to support the essential work of Scripture translation, ABS must also develop new ways to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford – so all people may experience its life-changing message,” ABS board chair Katherine Barnhart said

She continued: “Jennifer Holloran brings a unique combination of professional experience, servant-leadership mentality, deep passion for the Bible, and great energy for pursuing innovation that together will ensure American Bible Society remains nimble and impactful in this next phase of its work.”

In October 2019, then president Roy L. Peterson announced his retirement, after serving in the leadership role for five years.

“I’m proud of what we accomplished together and want to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to the board of directors, staff, and our ministry and financial partners for placing their trust in me and allowing me the privilege to lead this great organization,” Peterson stated at the time.

Following Peterson's departure, several individuals assumed the roles of interim president and CEO of the Christian organisation, but the permanent position was not filled until Holloran's appointment.

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