To promote accountability, leadership, and innovation, our board of directors includes corporate executives, and field and external leaders.
Susanna Mudge, Chair
Since joining the firm in 1992, Susanna Mudge has served the company in many key leadership roles, including as president and CEO, executive vice president, senior vice president of the Latin America and Caribbean region, and as director of several of the company’s larger programs. She brings in-depth global expertise in strategic private sector development, organizational development, trade and investment promotion, and sustainable natural resource management. She views quality project management as “inextricably linked to business success because that is what differentiates us and makes us competitive.” Raised in Latin America, she began her career as a regional development and tourism specialist for the Organization of American States, then as a privatization specialist with Ernst and Young, responsible for managing marketing and investment projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Bisrat Aklilu, Vice Chair
Bisrat Aklilu is a senior advisor for sustainable development and fund management. He advises national governments and multilateral organizations, including serving on the Board of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (2013 – 2019), Center for International Forestry Research (2013 – 2019), Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund (2018 – present) and serving as advisor to the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (2013 – 2019). Mr. Aklilu also worked with the UN for over 25 years, including as the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Operations at the UN Office of Project Services, and later as the Executive Coordinator of the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office located in the United Nations Development Programme. Mr. Aklilu established and managed the MPTF Office, which when he left the UN in 2013, had a portfolio of over 100 trust funds valued at over $6 billion and is the first UN Office to introduce full public transparency through real-time financial data and narrative reporting. Mr. Aklilu holds a Ph.D. Economics and M.A. in Economics from Boston University, where he was also an assistant professor, and a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Massachusetts.
James W. Butcher, President and CEO
Since joining Chemonics in 1998, President and CEO Jamey Butcher has served across a variety of roles and regions. Most recently, Mr. Butcher oversaw Chemonics’ global health and supply chain portfolio. In that capacity, he led efforts to implement sustainable supply chains, improve health service delivery, and scale up innovative approaches in developing country environments. He also championed the development of Chemonics’ knowledge sharing and learning hub that provides continual learning opportunities for Chemonics’ global network of more than 5,000 employees. Previously, Mr. Butcher served as senior vice president of the Europe and Eurasia, Global Health, Africa, and then East Africa business units. In addition to diversifying and expanding the company’s portfolio, he developed a quality assurance approach to new business and trained staff in innovative enterprise development methods. While providing strategic management and operational oversight of Chemonics, Mr. Butcher draws from experience as a private sector development specialist with more than 20 years of experience in Eurasia, Latin America, and Asia. He has conducted technical assignments on international trade, competitiveness, and micro-, small, and medium enterprise development. He also served as chief of party of the Armenia Micro Enterprise Development Initiative (MEDI). Mr. Butcher received an M.A. from American University in international political economy and a B.A. in political science from Colorado State University.
Phyllis Caldwell, Board Member
Phyllis Caldwell is an independent financial services professional and owner of Wroxton Civic Ventures, LLC. Ms. Caldwell has more than 25 years of experience in banking, finance, and housing, with previous roles with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Bank of America, and Ernst & Young. In addition to Chemonics, Ms. Caldwell also serves on the boards of One Main Financial and JGB Smith. She previously served on the board of Microvest, an asset manager and impact investor that invests in banks and small businesses in frontier and emerging markets. From 2013-2019, Ms. Caldwell was a member of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Board of Trustees, serving as Finance and Audit Committee chair and board vice chair. Ms. Caldwell received her M.B.A. from the Robert H Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where she is currently an Executive-in-Residence, and holds a B.A. in sociology and urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park.
William Keller, Chief Financial Officer
William Keller is the Chief Financial Officer of Chemonics, and leads the company’s Finance and Accounting Division. Previously, he served as the director of the company’s finance and compliance review team. A certified public accountant, Mr. Keller has more than 12 years of experience in finance, accounting, compliance, and project operations. Since joining Chemonics in 2009 as a manager with the field accounting and compliance team, Mr. Keller has taken on numerous assignments, including helping to establish and serving as finance specialist with the Country Operations Optimization Platform (CO-OP) in Afghanistan and successfully serving as deputy chief of party of the Investment Climate Improvement Project in the West Bank. Mr. Keller holds a bachelor of arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Stephen J. Nikrant, Board Member
Steve Nikrant is an experienced supply chain and operations executive with a proven track record of driving change and delivering results. Mr. Nikrant is currently Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Leviton Manufacturing Company in Melville, New York. Mr. Nikrant joined Leviton in 2011 as Vice President, Supply Chain, responsible for global sourcing, inventory management, logistics, distribution, customer service, packaging design, and e-commerce. Prior to Leviton, Mr. Nikrant worked at Eaton Corporation as Vice President, Supply Chain at the Hydraulics Business Group in Eden Prairie, MN. He also spent more than half his career at the General Electric Company. Throughout his career, he has held multiple supply chain leadership and operating roles including serving as director of commodity management, multi-site plant manager, and an ex-patriot assignment in Shanghai, China leading the GE Lighting finished product global sourcing operation. He has a B.S.B.A. with a concentration in procurement materials and operations management from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. He previously participated on the supply chain advisory council at Bowling Green State University. He is currently on the school of management advisory council at the University of Iowa, School of Management.
Lizann Prosser, Board Member
Lizann Prosser is a seasoned and proven leader with more than 20 years of experience in international development. As the past president and CEO of Crown Agents-USA, she has managed all aspects of development consulting and has worked in more than 50 countries. Ms. Prosser entered development consulting following careers in environmental management and investment banking and has extensive experience managing complex projects in challenging situations. She holds advanced degrees in both public health and management, as well as a bachelor’s in engineering.
Christopher Scott, Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President Christopher Scott has more than 20 years of experience managing international development projects. Mr. Scott currently oversees Chemonics’ global health and supply chain portfolio. In that capacity, he leads efforts to implement sustainable supply chains, improve health service delivery, and scale up innovative approaches in developing country environments. Previously, he served as senior vice president of the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management Project (GHSC-PSM) where he provided strategic leadership to improve the availability of health commodities and technical assistance for supply chain system strengthening worldwide. Mr. Scott has served as chief of party for USAID projects in Ukraine and the West Bank and as senior vice president of Chemonics’ Middle East regional business unit. Early in his career, he acted as senior advisor and chief of party for projects in Belarus, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. Before joining Chemonics, he was a USAID democracy team leader in Jordan. Mr. Scott holds a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School and an undergraduate degree from Marquette University.
Anna Slother, Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President Anna Slother is an international development executive with 20 years of cross-cutting experience in operations, human resource management, and program management. With a breadth of regional and technical experience, she has served for nearly two years in Kosovo and conducted several short-term assignments throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia with focuses on supply chain solutions, economic growth, environment and energy, and overall project management. Prior to joining the executive team, Ms. Slother led all business operations for more than 500 staff in Chemonics’ Global Health and Supply Chain Office, including communications, talent acquisition, human resources, security, global information technology, ethics, and continual improvement. Anna’s other executive roles at Chemonics include serving as senior vice president (SVP) of the Supply Chain Solutions Division, SVP of Human Resources, and SVP of the Central and Eastern Europe Region. Ms. Slother has a bachelor’s degree in political science and Asian studies as well as a certificate in teaching English as a second language from Beloit College.