Saturday, May 19, 2018
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United Way Suncoast names new president and CEO

United Way Suncoast on Tuesday announced the selection of a new president and CEO to replace the outgoing executive who had held the post for 35 years.

Suzanne McCormick, who ran the United Way of Greater Portland in Maine for 4 years, will take her new post in September. She plans to relocate to the Tampa Bay area with her family.

McCormick will replace Diana Baker, current president and CEO of United Way Suncoast, who announced her retirement in January. Baker will continue as CEO until McCormick takes the helm in September, then be available to support McCormick through the transition in a consulting capacity.

"I have a deep personal commitment to helping improve people's lives," McCormick said. "I am excited to bring that passion to the growing and vibrant Suncoast community, which offers me a wonderful opportunity to build on my commitment and help make an even larger positive impact."

McCormick previously held posts as CEO of the American Red Cross of Southern Maine and the People's Regional Opportunity Program.

Gary Sasso, a former head of the United Way Suncoast board who served as chairman of the search committee, said: "During our search process, we were fortunate to have many outstanding candidates, but Suzanne's extensive leadership experience and keen understanding of how to work with community partners to make an impact on large issues was most impressive."

United Way Suncoast serves Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota and DeSoto counties.

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