Executive staff

John Hewko

General Secretary

Rotary Club of Kyiv


John Hewko is the general secretary of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. From 2004 to 2009, Hewko was vice president for operations and compact development for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government agency established in 2004 to deliver foreign assistance to the world’s poorest countries.

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Michele Berg

Deputy General Secretary

Rotary Club of Evanston

Illinois, USA

Michele Berg helps lead the day-to-day operations of the Secretariat, ensuring effective internal operating policies and implementing strategies and programs.

Berg graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a major in Italian and earned her MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a dual specialization in marketing and international business. Berg is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) and a Paul Harris Fellow.

David Alexander

General Manager & Chief Communications Officer

David Alexander leads a team of communications professionals who work alongside clubs to tell Rotary's story. He directs global communications efforts in 10 languages, developing regional public relations campaigns and overseeing Rotary's website, The Rotarian magazine, and 30+ regional magazines. In 2013 Alexander's team earned a PR News Platinum PR Award for its work on the End Polio Now campaign.

Alexander has 20 years of communications experience. Before Rotary, he directed media efforts at the National Safety Council, the leading safety advocacy organization in the U.S., and worked in public relations for Apple Inc.

Lori O. Carlson

General Manager & Chief Financial Officer

Lori O. Carlson oversees all aspects of the financial operations of Rotary International and its charitable arm, The Rotary Foundation, which have combined revenues exceeding $400 million and almost $1 billion in assets. Her responsibilities include financial management, financial planning and analysis, treasury and investment, corporate reporting, accounting services, insurance, risk management, and procurement.

Carlson graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, with a degree in business administration, and she earned an MBA-finance degree from Southern Methodist University’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas.

Peter Markos

General Manager & Chief Information Officer

Peter Markos leads a global team of more than 130 men and women who are responsible for Rotary’s data processing, facilities, printing and distribution, and travel operations as well as all of the organization’s technology needs. He helped establish the organization’s Information Technology Development Center in Pune, India.

Markos graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in economics, and has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Markos is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Steven Routburg

General Counsel

Steven Routburg and his staff counsel the leadership of Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation, and the Secretariat staff on a wide range of issues about law and legal and corporate policy. Legal Services also supports the organization’s Council on Legislation and manages the grant stewardship function for The Rotary Foundation.

Routburg joined Rotary’s staff in 1996 and has been general counsel since 1999. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and received his undergraduate business degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Routburg is a Paul Harris Fellow.

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