Longtime Goodwill CEO announces retirement

Art Gibel

Longtime Goodwill CEO announces retirement
June 17
14:35 2020

After 24 years of service, Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina President and CEO Art Gibel has announced his plans to retire, effective January 1, 2021. The search for Gibel’s replacement will commence immediately, led by executive search firm Capital Development Services (CapDev).

Gibel became president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina (Goodwill) in 2006, after serving nine years on the organization’s board of directors. During his tenure as CEO, Goodwill increased the number of persons served annually from 9,603 to 51,183, expanded retail operations from 23 to 49 stores, and increased annual revenue from $29.2 million to $72.3 million. 

“Goodwill has experienced tremendous growth under Art’s leadership,” said Goodwill board chair Linda Wood. “He has been a tireless champion for Goodwill’s mission and has spearheaded numerous strategic collaborations with like-minded organizations. These partnerships have and will continue to exponentially increase Goodwill’s impact in the communities it serves.”  

While CEO, Gibel was awarded the Kenneth K. King Outstanding Management Award for Executive Excellence, the most prestigious executive award presented by Goodwill Industries International. In addition, Goodwill was twice awarded the esteemed Weston Award for Nonprofits that recognizes the best-run charitable organizations in Forsyth County.    

“Art leaves an extraordinary legacy of leadership and has positioned the organization for sustained success,” said Wood. “Despite these turbulent times, Art and Goodwill’s board are committed to a smooth transition in leadership.”

CapDev, an executive search firm based in Winston-Salem, will lead the search for Goodwill’s new president and CEO, assisted by a search committee comprised of several members of Goodwill’s board of directors. All applications, nominations, and inquiries regarding the position should be directed to CapDev at The full position announcement can be found on the CapDev website,, after June 15.

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