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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thwaites Fights Poverty

Reported by Chris Cumming

Global poverty, be gone, says Christian Thwaites. The CEO of Montpelier, Vermont-based Sentinel Investments [profile] is joining the board of The Borgen Project, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting global poverty.

The Seattle-based nonprofit was founded in 2003 by Clint Borgen to provide aid for the worldwide poor and to bring global poverty to the attention of U.S. political leaders. It focuses on issues relating to the health of newborn children and their mothers, global food security and access to clean water.

In an interview with MFWire, Thwaites said that he has been involved with The Borgen Project for several years, and that his role on the board is similar to a consultant's.

"I give advice based on my experience from the world I operate in, the asset-management business, which may be able to help the project."

Thwaites said that he hopes his involvement will let the nonprofit's director devote himself to it full time.

"Clint Borgen is working himself to the bone, meeting with senators during the day and waiting tables at night. And his work is hugely impactful," Thwaites said. "They've had a good track record. Who knows where it will go?"

Thwaites will join fellow boardmembers including Washington State congressmen Adam Smith and Dave Reichert; Kip Knight, former VP of marketing for eBay and current president of KnightVision Marketing; Nazar Albaharna, former Bahrain minister of state for foreign affairs; William Garvelink, former U.S. ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Jennifer Houston, president of WE Studio D at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.




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Sentinel Investments announces the appointment of Christian W. Thwaites, president and chief executive officer of Sentinel Investments, to the board of directors of The Borgen Project

Montpelier, VT – June 11, 2012 – Sentinel Investments is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian W. Thwaites, president and chief executive officer of Sentinel Investments, to the board of directors of The Borgen Project, a national nonprofit organization committed to improving conditions for people living in severe poverty.

“Clint Borgen [president and founder of The Borgen Project] has a powerful vision that calls on people to engage leaders here and abroad to make a difference and be advocates for the world’s poor. I am proud to be a part of an organization that is committed to addressing poverty in such innovative ways,” says Thwaites. “It is a compelling narrative of active citizen engagement, social media use, and grassroots efforts to help solve the intractable problem of global poverty.”

“Christian has been a great ally for The Borgen Project and we’re excited to have him on board,” said Borgen. “His dedication to these issues is noticeably impacting our work and elevating the cause.”

Mr. Thwaites brings his business acumen, global economic perspective, and deep commitment to financial stewardship that is the hallmark of Sentinel Investments to bear in the efforts to eradicate poverty.

Mr. Thwaites is joined on the board by Congressman Adam Smith (WA‐09); Congressman Dave Reichert (WA‐08); Mr. Kip Knight, former vice president of marketing for eBay and current president of KnightVision Marketing; Dr. Nazar Albaharna, former Bahrain Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and a member of the Ministerial Cabinet; Ambassador William Garvelink, former US ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Ms. Jennifer Houston, president, WE Studio D at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.

About The Borgen Project

Headquartered in Seattle, WA, The Borgen Project works to improve conditions for people living in severe poverty.

Focus areas include newborn, child and mother survival; global food security; and access to clean water. For more information, please visit www.borgenproject.org.

About Sentinel Investments

Sentinel offers mutual funds, retirement plan solutions and institutional investment management. Our managers are united by the common belief that well‐defined, repeatable investment processes grounded in fundamental research have the potential to deliver solid, consistent results over time. Each discipline has its own dedicated research team, adding an additional level of market insight and objective perspective.

Headquartered in Montpelier VT, Sentinel Investments’ assets under management totaled more than $27.0 billion as of March 31, 2012. Learn more at www.sentinelinvestments.com.
 

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