Bobbi Watt Geer Named New CEO

Bobbi Watt Geer Named New CEO

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania has decided to hire from within to replace its retiring CEO.

United Way announced Tuesday that Bobbi Watt Geer, 53, senior vice president of administration, will succeed Bob Nelkin as president and CEO, effective July 1.

Watt Geer’s selection is the result of a seven-month national search conducted by a 10-member committee in consultation with the Boston-based search firm Isaacson Miller Inc.

She was selected from among 30 candidates, who were screened from a pool of nearly 70 applicants, United Way said. The board vote in favor of Watt Geer’s hiring was unanimous.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the organization I believe in so deeply,” Watt Geer said. “I am so proud of the work we do to make a difference in the lives of people in our region, and I’m grateful for the nearly 55,000 donors and more than 17,000 volunteers who are all committed to our mission.”

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