Tales from a Small Planet Announces New Executive Director, Director of Social Media

Posted: 12:09 pm EDT
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Tales From a Small Planet
‘s chair of the Board of Directors, Francesca Kelly and its outgoing Executive Director, Victoria Hess announced the selection of Leslie M. Jensen as its new executive director and Ásgeir Sigfússon as Director of Social Media.

Tales from a Small Planet, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization and premier expat resource website, has announced the selection of Leslie M. Jensen as its new executive director. Leslie will fill the vacancy created by Victoria H. Hess, long-time Executive Director and Board Member. The selection was made following a worldwide search and selection process, during which Leslie stood out for her extensive background in sales and enthusiasm for all things expat.

Leslie’s resume includes over 10 years of sales and business development in a wide range of sectors from banking to Internet technology, and she is currently a small business owner navigating the intermittently challenging task of operating a small business while living abroad.

Tales from a Small Planet is also thrilled to announce the addition of Ásgeir Sigfússon as Director of Social Media. Outside of volunteering with Tales, Ásgeir’s paying job is with the American Foreign Service Association, where he is the Director of New Media. He has many years of experience within the Foreign Service/expat world, and also brings a deep understanding of engaging audiences through social and other online media. Ásgeir is originally from Iceland, and definitely considers himself an expat.

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One response

  1. This is hilarious to me for all the wrong reasons.

    TalesMag is a glorified blog where EFMs bitch and complain about conditions at Post, and can share often inaccurate, biased information that some poor ELO will read when researching bids on his/her first tour.

    I don’t know Ms. Jensen, so with all due respect to her, pitching this as a “worldwide selection process” in the vein of a world-class non-profit C-level staffing search is a joke when the stated reasoning behind the selection is to find someone who has a “background in sales” (relevant…how?) and “enthusiasm for all things expat.” Enthusiasm is great but doesn’t indicate any expertise in non-profit governance, which would be important in an ACTUAL high-level leadership search.

    When you set aside the transparent puffery, this is a blog that has new leadership from a presumably busy small business owner who will be doing this in their spare time. That would be a more accurate, reasonable statement. There’s nothing wrong with that. Plenty of great blogs run that way.

    Bringing on Asgeir as a volunteer is great, I guess. If I were cynical, I’d question whether this undermines the “editorial integrity” — such that it is — of the site by linking it with AFSA’s marketing. But, this is probably not a concern as AFSA is too useless to affect this in the first place.