A new CEO for the World Urban Network

Following an extended and rigorous process, we are pleased to announce the appointment of the next CEO of the YMCA World Urban Network.

Bill Stewart, our incumbent CEO has announced his intention to step down at the end of the year. Bill has done an amazing job at the helm of our global network and will be sorely missed.

bob gilbertson

Our new CEO will be Bob Gilbertson.

Bob currently heads the Seattle YMCA, a YMCA at the cutting-edge of social inclusion global mindset. He demonstrates a magnificent love of the YMCA Movement. His humanist, “out of the box” approach to bringing cultures together and building community echoed by his strong credentials in the international arena.


  1. Bill, thanks for the wonderful work done for the WUN. I learnt so much from you! And Bob, congratulations on your appointment, it’s great news! We look forward to working together.


  2. I echo the sentiments of colleagues in support of the selection of Bob Gilbertson to lead the World Urban Network. Excellent choice.


  3. Bob, I’m so very excited for you! And Delphine, too. You’ll do an amazing job helping the World Urban Network.👏👏👏👏


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