In his first official address on March 31, 2006, as president and CEO of Chemonics, Richard Dreiman praised the work the company was doing and presented his vision for the future.
Dreiman, who officially took office on April 1, was selected in January by the board of directors to succeed Ashraf Rizk as Chemonics’ third president and CEO.
Addressing staff and members of the board of directors, Dreiman articulated his vision for the future of Chemonics: “Our fundamental goal is, and will continue to be, to achieve substantial and lasting development impact. We will focus daily, in all that we do, on achieving our beneficiaries’ and clients’ missions, and linking their aims to ours.”
Scott Spangler, chairman of the board of Chemonics, said that Dreiman’s selection as president and CEO was part of a “carefully constructed transition plan.”
“We ensured continuity through the selection of someone who has come up through the ranks, who shares our values, and who has learned from our previous CEOs, Ashraf Rizk and Tony Teele,” he said. Teele, who founded Chemonics in 1975, was succeeded by Rizk in 2002.
Dreiman has more than 20 years of international development experience in Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Eurasia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. He joined Chemonics in 1992 to manage an eight-year enterprise development project in Morocco.
Before becoming president and CEO, Dreiman served as executive vice president and as senior vice president for the company’s Europe and Eurasia division. He also supervised one of the company’s most successful projects — the $78-million Jordan AMIR Program.
In a video from Cairo, Mohamed Ashmawi, CEO of Chemonics Egypt, joined others in saluting Rizk, saying that he will be remembered “for his commitment to development, his sense of vision, his amazing intelligence, his powers of communication, and also his respect for people regardless of their status.”
Rizk will continue to serve on Chemonics’ board of directors.