Santiago Mellado

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Santiago Mellado
Born Santiago Heriberto Mellado
(1963-04-06) April 6, 1963 (age 54)
El Salvador
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation President and CEO of Compassion International
Years active 2013–present

Santiago Heriberto Mellado (born April 6, 1963[1]), sometimes known as Jim, Jimmy, or James Mellado, is the President and CEO of Compassion International, a Christian child sponsorship organization dedicated to the long-term development of children living in poverty around the world, which is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[2] Mellado previously served as President of the Willow Creek Association (WCA) in South Barrington, Illinois, from 1993 to 2013.[3] He also competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics as a decathlete[1] and is on the board of directors of the Al Oerter Foundation which runs the Art of the Olympians program.[4]

Education[edit]

Mellado is a 1991 graduate of Harvard Business School. While a student at Harvard, he wrote a case study on the Willow Creek Community Church which has become a part of the curriculum at Harvard Business School.[5][6]

He graduated cum laude with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.[7]

Olympic Games[edit]

Mellado competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, representing his birth nation, El Salvador, in the decathlon.[1] He placed 26th,[8] but set national records for the highest-ever performance in the decathlon, men's high jump, 110m high hurdles, and pole vault.[9] The decathlon record still stands as of March 2014.

A year before that he competed in the 1987 Pan American Games and placed fourth in the decathlon.[7]

Compassion International[edit]

Mellado became the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Compassion International in 2013 when he replaced retiring CEO Wess Stafford.[2]

Personal[edit]

He and his wife, Leanne, were married in 1986. They have three children and reside in Colorado.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Santiago Mellado Bio, Stats, and Results". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado". Compassion International. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  3. ^ "Who We Are". Willow Creek Association. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  4. ^ "Art of the Olympians | Jimmy Mellado". artoftheolympians.org. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  5. ^ Schlesinger, Leonard A.; Mellado, James. Willow Creek Community Church (A). 
  6. ^ "Earthly Empires". BusinessWeek. 2005-05-23. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  7. ^ a b "SMU Athletics: Alumnus Database". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  8. ^ Todor Krastev (2009-08-20). "Men Decathlon Olympic Games 1988 Seoul (KOR) - 28,29.09". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  9. ^ "Federations Zone / Zona de Federaciones". Retrieved 2014-03-27.