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Marcus Busch, President of the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) Board of Directors, wishes to inform CLWR staff, board and partners today of a pending leadership transition for CLWR in 2018.

Robert Granke, CLWR Executive Director, will retire effective March 31, 2018. Bob has been Executive Director since March 1, 2006. He began his amazing career with CLWR in March of 1977, 40 years ago this week.

CLWR President Marcus Busch, noted “Bob has provided exemplary leadership to CLWR and the international community for more than four decades. Countless lives have been changed and saved by his service in the name of Canadian Lutherans. We will take time in due course to acknowledge his many contributions to the mission of CLWR. In the meantime, we appreciate your prayers as we seek new leadership to ‘steer the CLWR ship’ into the future.”

Robert Granke commented, “there comes a time when change must naturally occur, in an orderly and planned fashion. It has been my mission to make a difference in the lives of people each and every day, and I will continue to be driven to do so during this time of transition”.

The CLWR Board of Directors has established a succession planning process that will result in a formal invitation of applications for the position of Executive Director, expected to begin in the second half of 2017. Bob will remain fully engaged as Executive Director until the official transition of leadership occurs in March of 2018.