Interim no more: Lundblad appointed as CEO at Ten Thousand Villages
Carl Lundblad will stay on as CEO of Ten Thousand Villages, dropping the interim part of his title, the Lancaster County-based fair-trade retailer announced.
Lundblad took on the interim role last fall. He previously served as chief legal and administrative officer at Susquehanna Bancshares Inc. through its acquisition by BB&T Corp.
Lundblad spoke with the Business Journal in November about the transition into retail from banking and legal jobs.
"We are delighted that Carl has accepted our invitation to continue," said Ten Thousand Villages board chair Ed Diller. "While the board gave strong consideration to a national search, we concluded that Carl has already proven a transformational leader for the organization. Not only has he brought focus to important strategic issues, he has demonstrated a remarkable ability to build relationships that has helped to energize us all in our collective work around the mission of Villages.”
The nonprofit retailer operates a network of about 50 stores and an e-commerce website that sell artisan-crafted gifts, home decor, jewelry and personal accessories made in countries such as Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Kenya and Thailand. Artisans hail from more than 30 countries overall — from Africa and the Middle East to East Asia, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
"It didn't take long for me to recognize that Ten Thousand Villages is a very special group of people deeply committed to important work," Lundblad said. "I am honored and humbled by this opportunity and excited to continue working with the board of directors, our employees and the greater Villages community, building on a legacy and furthering our mission of creating income-earning opportunities for artisans around the globe by bringing their goods to markets here in the U.S."