Mercy Ships Elects New CEO

( [email protected] ) Oct 22, 2004 06:02 PM EDT

On Wednesday, Mercy Ships International announced that its Board of Directors elected a new Chief Executive Officer. Stephen A. Koinis, who will assume the position beginning Jan. 1, 2005, was also elected a director and a member of the board Executive Committee with immediate effect.

“We are extremely pleased that Steve has accepted our offer to join us as a partner in the leadership of Mercy Ships,” said Don Stephens, Founder/President of Mercy Ships. “Steve’s experience in leadership and management brings needed strength to Mercy Ships as we seek to become the face of love in action bringing hope and healing to the poor.”

Stephens had previously held the CEO role as part of his responsibilities.

According to Mercy Ships, Koinis has extensive experience in leadership, management and finance. He was Managing Partner and owner of Lavinski Allas & Associates of Houston from late 1998 until he sold the firm to Accretive Solutions in August 2000. Koinis was District President of IKON Office Solutions where he served from 1991-1999. He was Senior Vice President of First Heights Bank from August 1989 until 1991. Mr. Koinis started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co as a member of the Audit Staff in June 1980. He joined the firm of Shelby Rucksdashel & Jones in 1983 and subsequently was promoted to Senior Audit Manager.

Koinis is a 1980 cum laude graduate of Duke University and a CPA. He is a director of the Christian Community Foundation based in Colorado Springs, CO and is an elder of Northwest Bible Church in Spring, TX. He and his wife Brenda have two children.

Mercy Ships, founded in 1978, has performed more than 2 million services, with a value of $250 million US and impacted over 2.5 million lives. Some of the more notable statistics include: treating more than 300,000 people in village medical clinics, performing 18,000 surgeries, 110,000 dental treatments and completing close to 350 construction and agriculture projects, including schools, clinics, orphanages and water wells. Each year more than 1,600 short-term volunteers serve with Mercy Ships. The growing fleet of hospital ships has visited more than 500 ports in over 50 developing nations as well as 17 developed nations.