Keith Brown has been appointed the new President of MSI, succeeding Larry Cooley. Larry will remain highly engaged, transitioning to a full-time position as a President Emeritus and Senior Advisor to MSI and Coffey.
MSI President Larry Cooley today announced that 22-year veteran and current Senior Vice President Keith Brown has been named the company’s next President, effective March 1st. Larry has held that position since he founded MSI in 1981.
MSI became a part of Coffey in 2008, joining Coffey’s global international development business with offices in Washington, London and Adelaide. Coffey delivers projects in more than 90 countries across a range of practice areas, including governance, monitoring and evaluation, economic growth and education.
Coffey Group Executive of International Development Glen Simpson welcomed Keith’s appointment and Larry’s new role.
“Keith builds on MSI’s history of having a highly respected technical expert leading the firm,” Glen said.
“He has a deep understanding of MSI’s corporate culture, and, like Larry, commands tremendous respect among his fellow employees and clients.
“While expecting Keith to lead MSI into the future, we are also counting on him to be a faithful steward of the rich history and the technical excellence that MSI is known for.”
Keith has held a variety of senior leadership positions for the past 10 years and has been MSI’s Senior Vice President for the past four years.
He has been responsible for overall technical direction in strategic planning, performance measurement, organizational assessment, evaluation and research. He has also provided oversight to MSI’s work in economic growth, education, environment, public sector management and health.
Previously, he held senior positions within MSI, served as Chief of Party on a USAID-funded project in Washington, D.C., and was a senior M&E advisor to USAID/Kenya. His country and regional experience includes Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Near East and the Balkans.
“I am truly honored to follow in Larry’s footsteps and look forward to tackling new challenges and pursuing new opportunities,” Keith said.
“MSI has a very strong culture emphasizing innovation and learning, a history of thought leadership, and a deep commitment to making the world a better place, and I am keen to do my part to bring about the next phase of the company’s development.”
Larry founded MSI in 1981 and remained at the helm of the firm when it was acquired by Coffey in 2008. In his new role, he will devote additional time to thought leadership initiatives with USAID and other donors, and will share his expertise as a mentor and advisor with other parts of Coffey.
“Keith has been a trusted colleague and a dear friend for more than 20 years. There is nobody more qualified to lead MSI’s next chapter,” Larry said.