The SVP Network Office is thrilled to announce our new Chief Executive Officer, Tim Schottman. With more than three decades of executive experience in building global networks and developing leaders across cultures – plus seven active years as an SVP partner – Tim is uniquely suited for the job.
“I’m very excited about the blend of experiences that Tim brings from his corporate and nonprofit background,” says Diane Helfrey, SVP board member and executive director of SVP Los Angeles. “He is a strong leader with a collaborative style that is both innate and well-practiced, which will be of great value to SVP as we look to increase our impact locally and globally.”
Tim’s extensive career includes 17 years at Starbucks with roles spanning from Director of Global Strategy to Vice President of Marketing. His responsibilities included leading global strategic initiatives, creating new product lines, and developing retail and food service businesses with annual growth rates of up to 70%.
Shifting to the social sector in 2009, Tim started a global program for SightLife, an organization devoted to restoring sight to millions of people suffering from corneal blindness. Under Tim’s leadership, Sightlife’s global arm provided turn-key programs, leadership development, and capacity building to 23 partner organizations around the world – and with stellar results. The number of sight-giving corneal transplants was tripled, reaching upwards of 10,000 surgeries per year.
In terms of his local work, Tim became an SVP Seattle Partner in 2008, approaching it in with the same enthusiasm and stamina he brings to a cycling trip through the Italian Dolomites. He participated on a grant committee, volunteered his professional skills with several nonprofits, served on the SVP Seattle board, and eventually led key projects – at which point the staff joked that they should just give Tim his own office.
Not more than a year later, that jest became a fortuitous reality. Tim saw an opportunity to match his professional experience with his passion for SVP. “Joining SVP Seattle allowed me to become a better member of my community and leverage what I’m good at,” says Tim. “As the Network Office CEO, I’m excited about helping to give thousands of partners that experience and collectively making a difference in the world.”
With 40 SVP affiliates in 9 countries the opportunities for social good have never been more abundant. “We are at an inflection point for the Network Office,” says Paul Speer, board member and SVP Portland partner. “Tim joins a fantastic staff and a strong board with multi-year funding sources lined up and a plan to strengthen our affiliates, increase cross network collaboration, and amplify our influence in the philanthropic sector.”
Tim is eager to get started, and intends to spend the majority of his first few months on the job listening deeply. “I want to understand the problems we are seeking to solve and where we want to go,” explains Tim. “I see my job as connecting with our stakeholders, clarifying our direction, setting priorities, and accelerating our delivery on those priorities.”
In this endeavor, Tim is again uniquely qualified. “Going through the search, I had three hats on – as a Partner, an SVP affiliate Executive Director, and an SVP Network Office board member,” says Diane. “As I got to know Tim, it became clear to me that he was someone I would be very excited to work with to elevate our game no matter what “hat” I had on at that moment.”
“Tim brings an extraordinary mix of experiences; private and nonprofit sector, domestic and international, small and large organizations, operations and strategy, head and heart,” continues Paul. “Not to mention a great sense of humor and passion for the work. The board and staff set a really high bar for the search and I believe we cleared it!”
Tim was hired following a rigorous, global search that yielded 140 applicants from 5 continents. The hiring process was overseen by the Network Office board and masterfully facilitated by PierceGray’s Max Scoular (who is also an SVP Partner in Austin) and Nicole Gilbertson. Tim will begin work at the SVP Network Office on May 31, 2016.
Learn more about Tim (including the closest he’s ever been to death and the actor who would play him in a made-for-TV movie) in his bio.