New CEO named for Catholic Charities of Denver
Catholic Charities and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Denver, Inc. announced today the appointment of Laurence M. Smith as its new president and chief executive officer.
Smith brings to the position over 25 years of combined corporate experience in executive management, leadership, sales, marketing and operations, as well as a deep conviction and commitment to the Catholic faith.
When asked about leading a faith-based nonprofit, Smith responds energetically.
“I’ve spent most of my professional career championing products,” he says. “I am excited and honored by this opportunity to turn my focus full-time to championing the charitable mission of Jesus Christ in service to the poor.”
Smith will assume his duties May 6.
Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver, expressed his wholehearted support.
"Larry brings an enthusiasm for serving the poor and real leadership skills. He'll guide Charities' staff, supporters, and all Catholics towards a true model of Catholic charity," said Archbishop Aquila.
“I have every confidence in him, and know that he will help all of us to exercise the Church's preferential option for the poor.”
Robert Scott, who has served as interim president of Charities since last December, will continue to serve the agency as a member of its Board of Directors.
“From the beginning, we believed the Holy Spirit was the most important member of our search committee,” Scott says. “I believe he brought Larry to us as the clear choice to lead Catholic Charities in the years that lie ahead.”
Born in St. Louis and a graduate of the University of Missouri, Smith is a devoted, life-long Catholic and active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Centennial.
Smith will succeed Dr. Jonathan Reyes, who served as CEO and president from 2009 until December 2012 when he accepted an executive role within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.