Water Mission, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization, has named Andre’ Kennebrew to its Board of Directors. Kennebrew brings more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership and talent development to this role. Most recently, Kennebrew served as senior principal program lead, leadership development program, guiding Chick-fil-A’s Staff Selection and Leadership Development Program for the last nine years.
As of February 1, Kennebrew has joined Lifeshape International as the new director of relationships. In this role, he will work with Chick-fil-A operators and staff to partner with organizations like Water Mission who are serving the needs of some of the most vulnerable people around the world.
Through these partnerships, Lifeshape equips teams with training curriculum that supports ongoing spiritual growth and servant leadership development. Water Mission has been a Lifeshape partner organization since 2015.
“Attracting and evaluating the top talent is a key ingredient needed as we continue scaling our global response to impact more lives with clean, safe water,” said Co-Founder, Executive Chair of Water Mission, George C. Greene III, PE, PhD. “Andre’ brings a unique talent acquisition background and expertise to the board that aligns with our mission, vision, and purpose. As such, I am excited to have him speaking into this very important aspect of how we grow. Andre’s continued relationship with Lifeshape and extensive history with Chick-Fil-A are also extremely complementary connections for helping us be a best-in-class ministry.”
Prior to joining Water Mission’s board, Kennebrew consulted for the ministry, helping to facilitate leadership trainings, mentoring, and executive searches. As a board member, Kennebrew will contribute to governance activities designed to cultivate the development of Water Mission talent and recruitment. He will serve through committee-level engagement and oversight, as well as continue to strengthen the ongoing partnership between Water Mission and Lifeshape.
“Selecting and developing great talent is integral to an organization’s healthy growth,” said Kennebrew. “I’m focused on building Water Mission’s culture as a ministry. Hearing the founders’ hearts is important to me. Molly and George Greene III founded the ministry in 2001 to save lives, answering the Lord’s call to meet one of the world’s greatest needs, safe water access for 2.2 billion people. No one does a better job bringing safe water to those in need than Water Mission with its values of love, excellence, and integrity. It’s evident in their people, process, and technology with results that are effective and efficient.”
Kennebrew spent 15 years recruiting and selecting top talent for Chick-fil-A. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A in 2006, he served for four years as the administrative pastor at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Tucker, Ga. Kennebrew’s career also includes 15 years at First Union National Bank, now Wells Fargo, as a vice president in the retail banking division where he supervised branch banking locations in the Atlanta market.
Kennebrew is a 1982 graduate of Davidson College where he was a three-year starter and letterman in football. He earned a Master of Ministry Degree from Luther Rice Seminary in 2004. Kennebrew serves on three other boards. He was recently named as the Chairman of the Point University Trustee Board, as well as serves on the boards of Impact 360 and Walk Thru the Bible. He was raised in Columbus, Ga. and now resides in Atlanta with his wife, Donna, and two children, Holden and Kristen.
About Water Mission
Water Mission is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. Since 2001, Water Mission has used innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide access to safe water for nearly 7 million people in 57 countries. Water Mission has over 400 staff members working in its headquarters and around the world in permanent country programs located in Africa, Asia, North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean. Notably, Charity Navigator has awarded Water Mission its top four-star rating 14 years in a row, a distinction shared by less than 1% of the charities rated by the organization. To learn more, visit watermission.org, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter.