Announcing a change of leadership at CEA

Posted on Friday, February 8th 2019
(last updated Sunday, October 17th 2021)

The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is posting to announce that Larissa Hesketh-Rowe has agreed to step down as the CEO of CEA.

Larissa’s departure means that CEA will be conducting a search for a new CEO. In the meantime, Max Dalton, who has been leading the Content team, will serve as interim Executive Director. Larissa will provide support to help ensure a smooth transition.

This decision was made after much deliberation and consultation between Larissa, CEA’s UK trustees, CEA’s US board, and management, and we all agree that Larissa’s departure is in the best interest of CEA.

We want to thank Larissa for her service to CEA. Larissa has been a valued member of CEA for a number of years. She joined as part of the Giving What We Can team and later progressed to Head of Community (managing our Events, Local Groups, and Community teams) and then to COO. Larissa was a strong performer throughout this period, and we heard nothing but praise for her performance during her time as COO. Most recently, Larissa took on the CEO role in early 2018 at a time of significant change in the organization.

We feel that the role of CEO at CEA is an incredibly challenging one, and our expectations are very high. We are grateful to Larissa for stepping up to take it on after the departure of CEA’s previous CEO. Though we feel her departure is, in the end, the best outcome for CEA, we think she's a dedicated and capable person who has made major contributions in the past, and we look forward to her making major contributions in the future.