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Habitat names two to senior leadership positions

Habitat for Humanity names two to lead development, technology efforts

AMERICUS, Ga. (March 7, 2005) – Habitat for Humanity International has named Mark Crozet and Jim Thie to key leadership positions within the global homebuilding ministry. Crozet, who has been working with Habitat for Humanity in South Africa, is the new senior vice president of development. Thie is the new vice president of information services and chief information officer, said Paul Leonard, Habitat’s chief executive officer.

“I am delighted about Mark’s new role and to welcome Jim to the Habitat family,” said Leonard. “Both these men bring passion and compassion to the mission, along with a demonstrated record of success, in their professional and private lives.”

In his new role, Crozet will direct all fund-raising and resource development at the nonprofit organization. Thie will direct Habitat’s technology initiatives to support the organization’s business objectives. Previously, Crozet was director of resource development and communications for Habitat’s area office in Pretoria, South Africa.

Thie has more than 23 years of experience increasing operational efficiencies, controlling project cost/time frames and implementing/maintaining technology initiatives to support business objectives and comes to Habitat from Ultimate Software in Weston, Fla., where he served as chief information officer and vice president of information technology. Prior to that, Thie was with Computer Associates and KeyCorp.

“I want to do what I can to take Habitat’s mission forward and every year make more of a difference in the communities we work,” said Crozet. “I have seen the impact of my work in almost every country in Africa and the difference it is making in the lives of hundreds of homeowners. I now feel the same sense of purpose in this role in headquarters.”

“I’m proud to be part of the organization because Habitat does so many things so well and serves so many families in such a vitally important role,” said Thie. “I will focus on the activities and energies that further HFHI’s mission. Technology is a powerful business enabler and I want to make sure that we have every tool Habitat needs to keep serving its Christian-based mission.”

Crozet was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also lived in Toronto, Canada, and Vancouver, British Columbia, where he graduated college from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Finance. He worked with Community Charitable Counseling Service, managing capital campaigns for churches, hospitals and schools across the United States and Canada.

He then spent two years with Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, then with Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia, Crozet also worked with Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, before joining Habitat for Humanity International in South Africa.

“I am, by birth, education, and now my work, an international citizen,” said Crozet. “With Habitat, I can use that citizenship and the lessons I have learned to help make the world a better place, a place where everyone can achieve the dream of owning a simple, safe and decent place to live.”

Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.