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Legatus announces new executive director, HQ relocation
AVE MARIA, Florida (July 13, 2016) — After more than eight years of successfully leading Legatus’ day-to-day operations, John Hunt has stepped down as executive director, a position he has held since March 2008.
“After considerable thought and prayer, now seems like the right time for a leadership transition for the organization,” Hunt said. Legatus founder and chairman “Tom [Monaghan] and I have been talking about succession planning for some time and what this might look like both for me personally and for the organization. With the current financial and organizational health of Legatus, now seems like the opportune time.”
Monaghan commented, “John has done a tremendous job leading Legatus to a place of organizational stability and building strong bench strength among our staff. The beauty of the arrangement is that John will not be leaving Legatus, but just taking on a new role — one that he essentially designed.”
Effective immediately, Hunt will assume a new role as “ambassador at large.” In addition to assisting with the leadership transition, Hunt will continue to visit and support chapters across the country as well as represent Legatus at key functions.
Stephen Henley, who has served as director of Legatus’ Central Region for almost three years has been selected as the new executive director.
“I am looking forward to working with Stephen and am excited about the future of Legatus under his leadership,” Monaghan said. “He has distinguished himself in each of his previous positions and I am confident he will do the same as our new executive director.”
Commenting on his appointment, Henley said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with John [Hunt] and the tremendous staff we have in the organization, as well as serve the members, who are obviously the reason Legatus exists.”
Also last week, Legatus’ Board of Governors voted to relocate Legatus’ headquarters from its current location in Florida to Ann Arbor, Michigan.
“With the transition in leadership, I plan to work closely with Stephen in both mentoring him as well as taking an active role in the continued growth of Legatus. It seemed important for both the executive director [Henley] and the headquarters to be close to where I am,” said Monaghan. “Therefore, I asked the Board of Governors to consider moving the headquarters back to Domino’s Farms in Ann Arbor. I told them that I would cover the moving costs, since it was at my request. In addition to it being where I am, having the home office in Ann Arbor will create many organizational efficiencies for Legatus,” Monaghan continued.
Monaghan and the Legatus leadership are acutely aware of what this transition could mean for the Legatus home office staff and are working closely with each member to ease the burden of the relocation to Michigan or personal transition if a relocation is not possible.
Monaghan concluded, “We have a great staff at Legatus, both in the home office and in the field. Furthermore, with the new roles being assumed by Stephen and John, I am enthusiastic about the future direction of Legatus and believe we are poised to continue to support our current membership and reach new members in the pursuit of our mission.”