Steve Davis has been selected by PATH’s board to take the position of president and CEO.
Davis, a business management and social innovation expert whose primary experience is with McKinsey & Co. , will replace Dr. Chris Elias, who recently left the Seattle-based global health organization to head up the development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Davis is former CEO of the digital media company Corbis (which is owned by Bill Gates) who has in recent years moved more into the global health and development sphere.
In one sense, his new job leading PATH represents a return to where he started — as a refugee settlement coordinator on the Thai-Laos border in the 1980s and later, as a young attorney, working on human rights issues in China, for gay and lesbian rights here in the U.S. and as a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised in general.
“This for me is not so much a re-invention as more like coming home,” Davis said today. “I’ve been involved in social justice all my life.”