Girl Scouts of Alaska Announces New CEO Dr. Suzanne Perles
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Sept. 7, 2012 – Girl Scouts of Alaska, a chartered council of Girl Scouts of the USA -- America’s oldest and most trusted leadership organization serving girls -- today announced the appointment of Dr. Suzanne R. Perles as Chief Executive Officer effective October 1, 2012. Ms. Perles brings a wealth of relevant experience to her new role, having served in high-level management roles for both the private and non-profit sectors, and founded and directed a successful volunteer-based youth speed skating program in California.
“Sue has the management skills to guide Girl Scouts to a new level of youth leadership development in Alaska,” said Girl Scouts of Alaska board chair Jane Angvik. “She has a great deal of experience leading teams of people to achieve goals, challenging all participants to stretch their expectations and results.”
“Girl Scouts of Alaska is building an exciting future for the state of Alaska by investing in many of our most promising young leaders,” said Perles. “I am excited to be a part of this organization that understands the valuable contribution of girls and women to our society and supports them to achieve their greatest potential.”
Ms. Perles lived in Fairbanks as a teenager, received a degree in economics from Princeton University, earned an MBA from Harvard, and was the first female Rhodes Scholar from Alaska, earning her doctorate from Oxford University in economics.
During summer breaks she served as an intern for Congressman Don Young, was a member of the Bureau of Land Management’s first women’s forest fighting crew, and worked at University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research developing tools to assist with the implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
Since 1983, Ms. Perles has worked in the private sector managing corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and valuations of consumer products and retail companies. She has been a partner in her own firm since 1990 and has participated in the start-up of several businesses.
She has also been very involved in youth programs, having founded, raised funds for and managed volunteers for the Southern California Children’s Speed Skating School, an after-school program giving local children from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn an Olympic sport. Ms. Perles was a national ranked speed skater and has been a volunteer coach and referee.
Ms. Perles’ volunteer experience also includes service on both for profit and not for profit boards of directors, including the Princeton University Board of Trustees, the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, Canadian Tire Corporation, and Teach Town, which focused on educational materials for children in special education.
Ms. Angvik added, “The members of the board of Girl Scouts of Alaska consider Sue Perles to be an inspiring leader, excellent communicator and superb manager. She is very able to oversee the human and financial assets of Girl Scouts, to expand community investment in Girl Scout programs, and to oversee the construction of new educational facilities near Eagle River. Sue’s education is rich, her professional experience has been successful, and her volunteer endeavors are diverse. She wants to use her talents to champion opportunities for girls and to give back to Alaska. We welcome her to The Girl Scouts of Alaska.”
About Girl Scouts of Alaska:
Girl Scouts of Alaska serves more than 6,000 girls from Bethel to Ketchikan. Girl Scouts is committed to developing girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Learn more at www.girlscoutsalaska.org.