International Cooperative Alliance president announces her early retirement

The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) has announced the retirement of its President, Dame Pauline Green to take effect at the close of the ICA’s General Assembly in Antalya, Turkey, on 13 November 2015. Dame Pauline Green, is the first woman president in the 120-year history of the ICA.

1 July 2015

She announced her early retirement on the 26th June at the UK’s Cooperative Congress in Birmingham. Ms Green, who has been actively engaged with UK cooperative’s for 35 years, was elected President of the International Cooperative Alliance, the global representative body, in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 for a further four years.

Acknowledging that her decision to retire was precipitated by the decision of the Cooperative Group that it could no longer support their commitment for the funding of the role for the global President beyond the end of 2015, Dame Pauline said that she has become convinced that this is the right moment to stand down but that she “will always be immensely proud to be a member of this great worldwide movement”.

The President of the International Cooperative Alliance is the chief representative of the Alliance and presides over the General Assembly and Board. S/he also provides the policy and organizational leadership of the ICA, in collaboration with the Director-General. The ICA’s Election Committee will issue a call for nominations for President with timelines following its Board meeting, late July 2015.

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