Marie Stopes International appoints Simon Cooke as chief executive

Cooke, currently head of the razor-blade manufacturer SuperMax, will join the sexual health charity in November

Simon Cooke
Simon Cooke

The sexual health charity Marie Stopes International has appointed Simon Cooke as its new chief executive.

The charity, which provides sexual health services including counselling and treatment, had an income of £145m in the year ending 2011, according to accounts filed with the Charity Commission.

Cooke is currently the chief executive of the razor-blade manufacturer SuperMax and will take up his new position on 4 November.

He replaces the interim chief executive, Michael Holscher, who stepped in after Dana Hovig left in May 2013 to become director of integrated delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Holscher will return to his previous role as senior vice-president and director of international programme at MSI.

A Third Sector study of senior executive pay, published in March, found that MSI’s highest-paid member of staff received between £260,000 and £270,000 in the year to December 2011. But the charity said in a statement that it could not disclose how much Cooke would be paid.

The statement said: "We do not publish the salaries of individuals; all of our accounts, including the total number and remuneration figure of our team members, are freely available as part of our commitment to transparency."

Dr Timothy Rutter, chair of MSI, said in a statement that he was confident Cooke was right person to lead the charity. "Simon’s leadership qualities, strong client orientation, seasoned experience in delivering value to clients in developing and middle-income countries, and his track record of innovation, partnerships and improving cost efficiency and effectiveness made him the board’s clear choice to lead MSI to 2020 and beyond," said Rutter.

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