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Baldrige Foundation Appoints Al Faber President and CEO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Board of Directors of the Baldrige Foundation announced today that Al Faber, president and CEO of the Partnership for Excellence, will become the president and CEO of the Baldrige Foundation effective July 14, 2014. 

In this role, Mr. Faber will assume overall responsibility for the operation of the Baldrige Foundation, including all philanthropic, strategic and day-to-day functions. The Foundation’s mission is to ensure the long-term financial growth and viability of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and to support organizational performance excellence in the United States and throughout the world.

The Foundation’s board unanimously approved the appointment of Al Faber to the board of directors and his role as president and CEO. “In Al, we have found a strong, experienced executive who is deeply committed to our mission and the tradition of performance excellence in the United States.  Al’s leadership experience, education, knowledge, and affiliation with The Alliance for Performance Excellence - - our strategic partner of Baldrige-based state programs - - make him the ideal leader to take on the challenges and opportunities we face,” said Dr. P. George Benson, Chair of the Baldrige Foundation’s Board of Directors and former President of the College of Charleston.

Under Faber’s leadership as president and CEO for The Partnership for Excellence, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio and serving customers representing over 1.3 million jobs and revenues in excess of $131.4 billion dollars, is regarded as one of the top ranked state-based Baldrige programs in the nation. Previously, Faber served as an Army Colonel and led his organization to two consecutive national awards in the Army Communities of Excellence program using the Baldrige Criteria.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Guard Association of the United States and their Education Foundation for more than a decade.  During that time, he led the strategic planning team which helped the association grow, become more financially successful and to renovate the Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.  Faber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio; and, a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. As a National Security Fellow, he attended the J.F.K. School of Government at Harvard University, and studied International Leadership and Management at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Faber’s leadership and business background make him ideally suited to lead the next phase of the Foundation’s philanthropic mission to build an endowment that ensures the growth and sustainability of the Baldrige Program.

“I am honored to have been chosen by the board to lead the Baldrige Foundation into the next exciting era of philanthropy” said Al Faber.  “The Baldrige Program’s focus on implementing cutting edge management practices and recognizing world-class performance excellence, has established the Baldrige Program and Criteria as the world leader in performance excellence.  I look forward to working with our board, staff and our volunteer leaders in driving the growth of the Foundation’s endowment.” 

About the Baldrige Foundation

The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Inc. was created to provide the private sector a means of supporting the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.  The Criteria for Performance Excellence serves as a model for organizations across seven sectors – manufacturing, service, small business, nonprofit, government, education and health care – to increase their competitiveness in the U.S. and global economy.  Its esteemed National Quality Award, named after former Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige, is the only presidential award that recognizes organizations for achieving role model performance excellence; it was founded by Congress in 1987. 

Foundation Mission
The Mission of the Baldrige Foundation is to ensure the long-term financial growth and viability of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, and to support organizational performance excellence in the United States and throughout the world.


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