New President for the Premier Election Assistance NGO
Today’s appointment is a reunion: Mr. Sweeney served on the board of Directors at IFES from 1993 to 2001 and was chairman of IFES from 1999 to 2000. He has a lifelong background in democracy-promotion and public policy with considerable experience in both the public and private sectors. From 1981 to 1985, Mr. Sweeney was deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and he was executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 1977 to 1981. At Electronic Data Systems (EDS), an HP company, he was Vice-President of Global Government Affairs and managed relations with governments and policy organizations around the world.
Before joining EDS in 1991, Mr. Sweeney, a graduate of the
“I am gratified that I was able to make a contribution to this great organization,” said Mr. Kingsley, who will remain closely associated with IFES. In this respect, he emphasized the further professionalization of the organization, as well as the efforts to be recognized as an international one.
“At the outset of a recruitment effort, we encountered Mr. Sweeney at a crossroads in his professional life. The five characteristics we determined were necessary for our next President/CEO were covered by Mr. Sweeney’s long record of engagement in our national and international community. A proven administrator; a person of extensive experience in the world of international business and public life; a person capable of standing peer to peer with counterparts at home and in the world; one with an intimate knowledge of our political and governmental system from many years and many different angles of observation; and an ability to work with staff, board and constituents organizations with competence and ease.”
Mr. Sweeney said: “I sincerely appreciate Jean-Pierre’s enhancement of IFES professionalism and reputation as well as his immense contribution to democratic processes around the world.”
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems is an independent, non-governmental organization providing professional support to electoral democracy. Through field work, applied research and advocacy, we strive to promote citizen participation, transparency, and accountability in political life and civil society.
SOURCE International Foundation for Electoral Systems