ARLINGTON, VA – International Relief and Development (IRD) Board Chairman Roland Johnson announced July 16 that the board has appointed Kris Manos as interim CEO of the organization.

Manos will join IRD at its Arlington, Virginia, headquarters beginning July 21. As announced this February, IRD President and CEO Dr. Arthur B. Keys is retiring and will be supporting an orderly transition in an advisory role.

Manos said, “I am looking forward to providing strong leadership and guidance during this transition period. My focus will be strengthening IRD’s culture of compliance and maintaining its passion for service and the fulfilment of its humanitarian development mission.”

Keys said, “I am delighted by the selection of Kris Manos. She has served on IRD’s board admirably, brings deep business management experience to her new role, and possesses the vision, analytical, and decision-making skills to shepherd IRD into a new era of achievement.” Keys cofounded IRD in 1998 and has grown the organization from a small consulting firm into one of the largest and best known US-based international development organizations, with 2,000 staff working in 40 developing nations.

Manos has served for over two years on IRD’s board of directors and is currently the board treasurer. She is a seasoned executive with strong leadership skills, a track record of performance and transformation, and a commitment to good governance through transparency, internal controls, and compliance. Her focus on the combination of strategy, culture, and execution builds strong organizations.

During her service on the board and audit committees of KeyCorp, Manos helped the financial services company address the effects of the financial crisis and manage a CEO succession. She has also served on the board, audit, and compensation committees of Select Comfort, and on the board and stewardship committee of Holland Hospital, a 200-bed community hospital in Holland, Michigan.

Manos has participated in the Fortune/US State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, mentoring emerging women leaders from Egypt and Tanzania. She also has participated in the Vital Voices Corporate Ambassador Program, helping businesswomen from Jordan, Poland, and Serbia develop professional networks.

Manos holds a master’s degree in public and private management from the Yale School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University. While at Harvard, she was awarded a Center for International Affairs grant for research in South Africa, and a Frederick Sheldon Fellowship for post-graduate travel in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


IRD is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization responsible for implementing relief, and development programs worldwide. IRD’s mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and provide the tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. Specializing in meeting the needs of communities emerging from conflict or natural disaster, IRD partners with donors, local organizations, and many others to deliver sustainable services in agriculture, governance, health, and infrastructure. For more information, visit