Kevin Frey joins as new head of international organisation as founding CEO, Johann Olav Koss, transitions into a new role.
We are thrilled to announce Kevin Frey as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective August 4, 2015. Frey is the first new CEO to join Right To Play since its inception in 2000 by founding CEO Johann Koss.
“We are very excited to welcome Kevin as our new CEO,” says Rob MacLellan, Chair of the Right To Play International Board of Directors. “He has a passion for Sport for Development, and his strong background in business, entrepreneurship, education and scaling organisations make him a perfect fit to help us achieve our goal of doubling Right To Play’s reach in the next three years.”
Frey joins Right To Play from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, where he was Managing Director of the flagship MBA program. Prior to Rotman, he held a number of roles with the University of Toronto, including Chief Business Development Officer and Director, Business Development and International Programs. Frey is also Founder and Chairman of Teach Away Inc., one of the world’s largest teacher recruitment firms, and co-founder of e-learning companies, Skooli and LearnKit.com.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be part of an organisation whose mission is to transform the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged children,” says Frey. “I’m excited to contribute to Right To Play’s bold vision and ambitious plan to improve the lives of millions more children in the years to come. I’m thrilled to be joining the Right To Play team and its global network of dedicated partners and supporters who all believe in the power of play to change the world.”
Outgoing Right To Play President and CEO Koss will transition into a formal role as the organisation’s Founder, which will allow the four-time Olympic gold medalist to focus on fundraising, innovation and advocacy efforts, while continuing as a member of the board of directors.
“We are very fortunate to have recruited a candidate of Kevin’s calibre and experience,” says Koss. “We may be in the business of play, but it is a very serious business that is changing the world, and strong leadership of our strategic operations and growth is critical to achieving our vision of improving children’s lives. I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with and learn from Kevin as we take this organisation to the next level of success.”
Frey holds an undergraduate degree with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business, and is finishing up his Doctorate in Business Administration at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.
He is also an alum of the University of Toronto’s varsity basketball team and a nationally certified Train-to-Train basketball coach.
Frey lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.