Kauffman Foundation names Wendy Guillies new CEO

Photo courtesy of the Kauffman Foundation
Photo courtesy of the Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced Tuesday that it will remove the “interim” from Wendy Guillies’ title, making Guillies, who has served as the foundation’s acting leader since last July, its new president and chief executive officer.

Guillies, who previously served as the Kauffman Foundation’s top communications officer, has been with the Kansas City-based organization since 2000. She took over as interim president and CEO after the departure of former chief executive Tom McDonnell.

The foundation, which has about $2 billion in assets, has dual focuses on entrepreneurship and education. It was established by Ewing Kauffman, the founder of Marion Laboratories and former owner of the Kansas City Royals.

“Wendy’s tireless commitment to Mr. Kauffman’s vision and to the Foundation’s mission will serve our community very well,” Jan Kreamer, chairman of the Kauffman board of trustees, said in a release. “She is respected by associates, Trustees and community leaders. We are excited about the Foundation’s future under her capable direction.”

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