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Justin Forsyth speaking at the London Summit on Family Planning.

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Justin Forsyth to step down as CEO of Save the Children

23 October 2015

Justin Forsyth has announced that he will be leaving Save the Children in February after five years as CEO.

In his announcement, Forsyth thanked staff, volunteers and supporters for their commitment and passion and said the last five years had been an extraordinary journey which had achieved results for children that no one could have predicted.

He said: "It has been an extraordinary privilege to lead this organisation, but after five years I feel that it is the right time for me personally, but also the organisation as we embark on a new and exciting strategy.

"This is a decision I have thought about for some time ... It is one that I have taken with a mix of pride in what we have achieved and sadness at moving on from one of the best jobs in the world. My successor will have the chance to take the organisation to the next level, building on some very strong foundations and successes, that is a credit to everyone who works at the organisation."

When we look back over the last five years it is amazing how far we have come.

He added: “When we look back over the last five years it is amazing how far we have come. We have transformed our work on the ground with children, establishing several world class signature programmes to increase the quality and impact of our work. We have done whatever it takes to run brave emergency responses from the Ebola Treatment centre in Kerry Town to our hospital in Syria that have saved so many lives."

Forsyth will announce his plans for the future at a later date.