Candid’s Board of Trustees is launching a search for its next chief executive officer to succeed Bradford K. Smith, who will retire from the role at the end of 2021. Brad has devoted his career to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors and leaves a lasting impact, having positively transformed Foundation Center and then successfully combined it with GuideStar to create Candid, positioning it for continued progress under new leadership.  

“Having worked closely with Brad during my time serving on Candid’s board, I’ve experienced firsthand how his innovative thinking and creative solutions have greatly contributed to the social sector by providing the insights and tools it needs to thrive,” said Sylvester John, Candid’s Board Chair. “The board is fully committed to a rigorous and well-planned search as we seek to enthusiastically welcome our next leader to further advance the Candid 2030 vision.”  

Candid has selected global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to conduct the CEO recruitment. The chief executive officer, who reports to and is a member of the board of directors, has ultimate responsibility and accountability for managing and accelerating Candid’s strategic, programmatic, and financial/operational activities. The CEO also will be responsible for recruiting, managing, and supporting senior staff and helping them to align and execute priorities. 

For more information, please see the position specification for the Candid chief executive officer. Prospective candidates are invited to contact Russell Reynolds Associates directly. To apply for the role or submit a nomination, please reach out to All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.