Sesame Workshop Names Steve Youngwood as Next CEO

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Current CEO Jeffrey Dunn will become executive chairman, while Sherrie Westin will be elevated to president of the nonprofit.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, will be getting new leadership next year.

The organization says that its CEO Jeffrey Dunn, will shift to a new role as executive chairman as of Jan. 1, 2021. Dunn had been CEO of Sesame since 2014, and will advise the executive team through the end of June, at which point he will retire.

Steve Youngwood, currently Sesame Workshop's COO, will succeed him as its sixth CEO. In addition Sherrie Westin, who currently leads Sesame's social impact and philanthropy division, will become president of Sesame Workshop.

While Sesame Workshop is best known for the HBO Max and PBS Kids series Sesame Street, which has been a TV kids staple for more than 50 years, it has also expanded its slate in recent years, developing Esme & Roy for PBS kids, and Helpsters and Ghostwriter for Apple TV+, among other programming.

"Jeff has been an extraordinary CEO and an incredible leader at a critical moment for Sesame Workshop and the world," said Jane D. Hartley, chairman of the Sesame Workshop board, in a statement. "Under his watch, the organization has grown tremendously, expanding its reach and delivering on its mission to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. I want to thank Jeff and my fellow board members for their guidance in this transition. We are so fortunate to have Steve Youngwood and Sherrie Westin as the perfect leaders to continue this important work. I am excited for the future and know Sesame is in good hands."