New World Vision US President Calls Role ‘An Improbable Miracle of God’

By Kate Shellnutt

COO Edgar Sandoval will replace longtime leader Richard Stearns in October.

One of World Vision US’s senior leaders, Edgar Sandoval, has been named its next president and CEO.

Sandoval, who was born in Los Angeles but grew up surrounded by poverty in Guatemala and Venezuela, called his appointment “an improbable miracle of God,” having moved back to the US alone at 18 with $50, learned English, and built a career as a top executive.

The Ivy League graduate and former Procter & Gamble vice president has served as World Vision US’s chief operating officer since 2015.

Sandoval replaces outgoing president Richard Stearns, who led the organization—one of America’s largest charities—since 1998. Stearns announced in January that he planned to retire at the end of the year.

The incoming president attributes his success, in part, to the affirmations and opportunities he received growing up; his upbringing has inspired him to work to reach needy children through World Vision’s projects and partners around the globe.

“This is exactly where I need to be,” Sandoval said after joining World Vision as COO. “The work that we’re doing here at World Vision is life-changing work. It impacts millions of children around the world. I think it’s a …read more