CEO Succession Case Study:
Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
Few organizations in Jewish life can match the scale and scope of CJP’s search for a new CEO—or the pedigree of its search committee. But in assembling a team of all-stars—and then executing a search with precision and professionalism—CJP’s board provides a model to which all organizations can aspire.Read the Case Study Now Listen to the Case Study Now
“What impressed me about the committee wasn’t their resumes, but their talent and intelligence.
We spoke exactly as I want to be able to speak to a board—with honesty.”
Rabbi Marc Baker, New CJP CEO
New CEO Rabbi Marc Baker served as Head of Gann Academy for more than a decade prior to joining CJP. According to one of his references for the position, “His heart beats for every Jewish person on the planet.”
Search Committee Co-Chair Shira Goodman is the former president and CEO of Staples Inc. and serves as an advisor to several Fortune 500 companies.
Search Committee Co-Chair Aron Ain is CEO of Kronos and the author of “WorkInspired: How to Build an Organization Where Everyone Loves to Work.”
Over a year, CJP’s all-star search committee surveyed tens of thousands of stakeholders, and met in person with representatives from dozens of communities in CJP’s ecosystem. It did so with unusual transparency—regularly fielding phone calls and emails from members of the public, and providing updates on the search on a specially launched website and through presentations to the board. The thoughtfulness with which CJP undertook all aspects of the search was unparalleled.
“There will be no spectators on this committee.”
Aron Ain, Search Committee Co-Chair
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