Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry Names Jim Wentworth as Chief Executive Officer
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry (BGCLC) announced today that the Board of Directors has unanimously named Jim Wentworth as the next Chief Executive Officer effective January 17, 2022. BGCLC conducted its search process with the assistance of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s CEO Search Team.
Wentworth grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts and spent his childhood as a Boys and Girls Club member. His parents would volunteer on Saturday mornings cooking in the kitchen, while his older siblings participated in Club activities. He has fond memories of his time in the Keystone Club, participating in the Wizard of Oz play and raising money in the 24-hour basketball marathon. Upon high school graduation he attended Syracuse University on a football scholarship and received a bachelor’s degree in retail/marketing.
Jim would spend his college summers working for local Syracuse businesses and after graduation he joined the Pepsi Cola Allied Beverage Company as a manager trainee. He would spend 5 years with Pepsi before joining the pharmaceutical industry in 1997. Jim would spend the next 24 years with Sanofi and Cipla and most recently was the Vice President, Head of Sales and Vice President, Head of US Market Access.
Jim has been married to his wife Michelle for 24 years and they have two children. Their oldest is Allyson, 23, who is now living in Savannah. Their younger daughter Arica, 20, is now a sophomore college student attending Western New England University in Massachusetts. Prior to accepting the role, Jim and his wife had planned to move full time to the Lowcountry and started building a new home a year ago - however the pandemic slowed that process.
As CEO, Jim’s responsibilities include leading the organization’s strategic direction, oversight of organizational operations, financials, programming, brand reputation, talent recruitment, resource development, and stakeholder relationships. The CEO also serves as the organization’s primary ambassador and lead communicator. Jim, in partnership with his team, will oversee the organization’s Clubs. The CEO reports to BGCLC Board Chair, Hall Sumner