Save the Children brings in Whitbread as chief

Georgina Lock

Save the Children has named Jasmine Whitbread as its next chief executive.

Whitbread will take over when the current chief, Mike Aaronson, leaves at the end of September. She moves from her position as international director and deputy director of Oxfam, which she joined as the west Africa regional director in 1999, before being promoted in 2002.

A spokeswoman for Oxfam said that, during her time at the aid agency, Whitbread was valued for her strong leadership and hands-on approach during humanitarian disasters, such as working with displaced people in Sudan.

Whitbread said: "I am excited to be joining Save the Children. A huge amount of momentum has been generated in 2005, with the Make Poverty History campaign and the G8 - we now have a real opportunity to improve children's lives."

After 10 years at the helm of Save the Children, Aaronson is standing down at a time when the organisation is being restructured. But he says he does not intend to retire yet.

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