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Thrivent chair joins Habitat International’s board

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans chair named to Habitat for Humanity International board

AMERICUS, Ga. (June 21, 2005) – Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors elected John Gilbert, chair of the board for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, as a new board member during its recent meeting in Oregon. Gilbert was chosen to help lead the global non-profit housing organization in its mission to provide simple, decent homes in partnership with low-income families.

Gilbert has been with Thrivent Financial – a not-for-profit Fortune 500 financial services organization—for more than 40 years. Thrivent Financial and its affiliated companies oversee more than $65 billion in assets under management for the organization’s 2.8 million members.

As chair of the board, Gilbert oversees Thrivent Financial’s governance process and serves as a member of Thrivent’s executive management team. He began his career with the organization in 1965 in insurance product development. After moving through several roles in the Lutheran fraternal organization, he became president and chief operating officer in 1996.

In 1997, he was named chief executive officer and was named chair at the time of the merger that formed Thrivent Financial in 2002. Gilbert is chair of the board of regents for Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and a trustee of the Luther Seminary Foundation, St. Paul, Minn. He also was past chair of the Life Office Management Association, Atlanta, Ga.

A native of Morris, Minn., Gilbert graduated from the University of Minnesota-Morris in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He did graduate work at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Members of the Habitat for Humanity International board receive no compensation for their voluntary service. Board members typically serve two terms with three years in each term period.

About Habitat for Humanity International
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. www.habitat.org