The Trustees of the Yawkey Foundations named Executive Vice President and Trustee James Healey as President of the Foundations. Healey succeeds John Harrington, a Trustee since 1982, who will transition to the role of Chairman of the Yawkey Foundation boards. The appointments are effective as of January 1, 2007. Healey will also continue to serve as a Trustee of Yawkey Foundation II.
Maureen Bleday, who joined the Foundations earlier this year as a vice president, will succeed Healey as Executive Vice President of Programs and Operations. William Gutfarb, a Trustee since 1992, will continue in his longtime roles as a Trustee and Executive Vice President of Finance and Investments.
"Jim has been instrumental in guiding the Foundations' growth in operations and grant programs during the past four years. He is committed to building upon the Yawkeys' heritage of charitable giving in New England and South Carolina. I know Tom and Jean would strongly approve of his leadership of the Foundations," said John Harrington.
Healey, 53, has been with the Yawkey Foundations since 2002. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Programs and Operations for the Foundations. He was appointed a Trustee of Yawkey Foundation II in 2005. Prior to his work with the Foundations, Healey worked for the Boston Red Sox for 30 years in various roles culminating with the position of vice president, broadcasting and special projects.
"I am honored to be chosen by the Board for this position," said James Healey. "I am proud to lead a talented team and continue in the tradition of giving that Tom and Jean Yawkey embraced throughout their lives and on which this institution is based. John Harrington is a visionary who guided the Foundations during the past 25 years and helped thousands of people throughout the region. I look forward to working with him in our new roles."