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Get to Know Goodwill Industries International President and CEO Jim Gibbons

Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International

How much do you know about the leader of Goodwill Industries International? Read on to learn a few facts about our president and CEO.

Name: Jim Gibbons

U.S. State That Claims Him: Indiana

Goodwill Tenure: 2008- Present

Favorite Movie:
For Once In My Life
, which is an inspiring, expectation-defying look at the Spirit of Goodwill® Band, a unique assembly of 28 singers and musicians, all with disabilities — ranging from autism and behavioral disorders to cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and visual impairments — who share an uncanny gift for music, joy and friendship.

Favorite Color:
Blue, of course.  More specifically, Goodwill’s PANTONE® Reflex Blue

Where He Got His Smarts:
Gibbons earned his bachelor’s of science degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University (Indiana, United States), and then attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (Cambridge, Massachusetts), where he was the first person who is blind to graduate with a master’s in business administration.

His Pre-Goodwill Years:
Before coming to Goodwill in April 2008, Gibbons served as president and CEO for National Industries for the Blind (NIB), a United States-based nonprofit organization that works in partnership with more than 88 associated agencies throughout the country to enhance economic opportunities and professional development for people who are blind. Through comprehensive marketing and branding strategies and an emphasis on aggressive mission measures, Gibbons transformed the nearly 70-year-old NIB into a results-oriented social enterprise for the 21st century.

Prior to NIB, Gibbons was president and CEO of Campus Wide Access Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T. An employee of AT&T for more than a decade, Gibbons held leadership positions in operations, product management, and mergers and acquisition.

Presidential Duties:
On December 14, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama named Gibbons to the newly established White House Council for Community Solutions, which is committed to social innovation and civic engagement throughout the nation. As leader of an international movement, Gibbons — one of 25 nonprofit, corporation and foundation leaders on the council — has brought his global perspective to this respected panel.

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  • Lauren Bennett
    August 3rd, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Dear Mr.Gibbons,
    My name is Lauren Bennett
    Thank you so much for Goodwill, I started July 01,2014
    I have found more happiness working here at Goodwill in Fountain Hills then at the ospital
    I am only 18 years of age, it’s a true blessing to help make a difference and giving to the community.
    I may be a small voice, but some day it will be bigger
    I truly admire you even before I worked at Goodwill because of my brother who would say good things.

    Someday I would love to introduce myself to you (:
    But till then I will work my very best to the top to meet you, because in my heart and mind I will make a good career out of Goodwill

    Thank you (:

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