GriffinWorx, one of the largest business building organizations in the world, today announced that Roman S. Ponos has joined their growing team as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ponos will provide strategic leadership while managing GriffinWorx global team of entrepreneurs, program managers, event organizers and business mentors.
Sean Griffin, Founder and previous CEO, will transition to the role of Creative Director, where he will focus on increasing the connectivity of GriffinWorx global community and increase brand awareness of GriffinWorx growing impact.
“Roman brings deep experience and a strong background in international business development, global management of programs and outstanding leadership abilities,” said Griffin. “He is well-respected in the international development community where he has previously managed overseas project operations and teams, led multi-million dollar business development opportunities and cultivated high-level relationships with strategic partners. No doubt Roman will enhance our business building services and grow our global footprint in the years to come.”
Mr. Ponos has over 20 years of progressive international management experience across a wide range of sectors. He specializes in providing strategic leadership to multidisciplinary teams and is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and providing them with the tools and connections to facilitate inclusive economic development.
“I’m honored to lead GriffinWorx into its next chapter of growth and evolution,” said Mr. Ponos. “Our hyper-focus on supporting entrepreneurs from any background to design, test and build a business as well as assisting individuals and communities to achieve their dreams throughout the world is incredibly rewarding. It is very excited to join an organization that is committed to igniting human potential through entrepreneurial endeavors.”
Prior to joining GriffinWorx, Mr. Ponos worked as Vice President of International Development at IMPAQ International, where he built and led a team of evaluation professionals and managed a diverse portfolio of projects with bilateral and multilateral donors and government agencies. Previously, he was Vice President of Business Development at CARANA Corporation (now Palladium).
Mr. Ponos earned an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
GriffinWorx, an inclusive economic and gender empowerment organization, is one of the largest business building organizations in the world. We operate a portfolio of proprietary and inclusive economic empowerment programming in over 60 countries. We bring the entrepreneurial spirit, courage and innovation of a world-class firm to address some of the world’s toughest challenges. With a connected and engaged community of over 100,000 business builders around the globe, GriffinWorx specializes in mobilizing communities, entrepreneurs, innovators, stakeholders, business service providers and government officials to take strategic and collective action to make a positive difference in the world.