Seattle, WA, June 21, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Dr. Greg Allgood, founder and director of the Procter & Gamble (P&G) Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program, will retire from P&G after nearly 27 years and join World Vision as vice president for World Vision Water.
In this role, Allgood will lead the establishment of alliances with corporations, foundations and individuals to enable World Vision to bring access to clean water to millions more people around the world.
World Vision is currently the largest nongovernmental rural water provider in the world.
"I'm thrilled to be joining World Vision and continuing my mission to provide clean drinking water to the poor,” Allgood said. “I'm honored to be part of a team that is already providing clean drinking water to a new person every 30 seconds in the developing world.”
"For decades, Greg has been devoted to saving and improving lives by providing clean water in some of the world's most desperate places," said World Vision US President Richard Stearns. "We are excited to have Greg join the World Vision family as a key player in helping us achieve and even exceed our ambitious goal of providing clean water to 3 million people every year."
As the driving force behind the P&G CSDW Program, Allgood has helped provide safe drinking water in the developing world through an innovative water purification packet. The powdered water purification product is a simple and effective way to make clean drinking water for the entire family, as the sachets quickly turn dirty and potentially deadly water into clean and drinkable water.
Allgood recently traveled to Myanmar with Chelsea Clinton to personally gift the 6 billionth liter of water generated by the CSDW Program to a family at a World Vision program site in Gway Dauk Chaung village.
"As the founder of P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, Greg helped build a program that improves the lives of people in need all over the world,” said Marc Pritchard, global brand building officer of Procter & Gamble, “His leadership has put P&G on a path to save one life every hour by 2020, and we’re pleased that Greg’s work at World Vision will keep him as a partner in giving clean drinking water to those who need it most.”
Allgood arrives at World Vision while it is raising $500 million to impact 10 million people in poverty around the world through its For Every Child fundraising campaign.
Clean water is the largest component of the campaign, as World Vision is working to transform the lives of 7.5 million people by providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.
Through the campaign, World Vision is now providing access to clean water for more than 1 million people a year and has built or rehabilitated 4,700 wells, built 104,000 sanitation facilities and trained more than 5,600 communities on effective hygiene practices.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, Allgood joined P&G in 1986. In 2012, Allgood was a co-winner of the Economist Social Innovation Award and honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In 2012, the CSDW Program that Allgood created won the U.S. Secretary of State’s Corporate Excellence Award. Earlier this year and in 2010, Allgood hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of celebrities and water experts to raise awareness of the global clean drinking water crisis.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For more information on its efforts, visit WorldVision.org/press or follow @WorldVisionNews on Twitter.