Former Senior Vice President of Oracle Named Next President of Joni and Friends

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 20, 2018
  • In the Media

John NugentWe're excited to announce that John Nugent has been appointed as the next President of Joni and Friends! He will assume this role in January 2019 when our current President, Doug Mazza, will retire after 20 successful years of explosive ministry growth and global impact. Nugent has served on the Joni and Friends Board of Directors since 2011 and as Chairman of the Board since 2015.

The selection of Nugent caps a prayerful, comprehensive search process conducted by the Board of Directors. Doug Mazza expressed confidence in the choice. “John has not only been a great asset to Joni and Friends for more than 20 years, but an asset and advocate for the global disability community... The ministry’s long-time commitment to a process of succession planning and abundant prayer made it clear that John has been hand-picked by God to step in and lead Joni and Friends during this next season of ministry.”

Nugent holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Spring Hill College in Alabama and possesses a Certificate of Advanced Management from Harvard Business School and Certificate Directors’ Consortium from Stanford University School of Business. He has spent over 30 years in the software industry serving as a Senior Vice President for Oracle, Executive Vice President at SAP, and President and CEO of Serena Software. His extensive history of Christlike leadership will serve him well in his new position at Joni and Friends. He is also active on the Elder Board at Bethel Christian Church in San Francisco teaching Sunday school and preaching on occasion.

“I am thrilled about John’s selection as Joni and Friends’ next President and COO,” Joni said. “His commitment to the vision of Joni and Friends has been a wonderful blessing to the ministry, and I can’t think of a better person to step in and continue to lead us onward and upward. Our hearts are united in the great task of reaching many more people with disabilities and their families for Jesus Christ in the years to come.”

“It has been a joy to serve on the Joni and Friends Board of Directors these past seven years as we’ve reached thousands of families affected by disability,” said John Nugent. “I’m passionate about the work of this ministry, and humbled and excited to be chosen as the new President and COO. The leadership, staff, and volunteers at Joni and Friends comprise one of the most caring and capable teams I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and I’m anticipating great things as we work together in the years to come.”

Nugent and his wife Marilyn first became involved with Joni and Friends in the early ‘90s while Marilyn was taking care of her mother after a debilitating stroke. After spending time with Joni following a local speaking engagement, Joni and Friends quickly became a focus for the Nugents. His involvement with and dedication to Joni and Friends’ mission and values as a volunteer, donor, and board member over the past three decades will serve him well as he transitions into this new role.


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I met John at Joni and Friends Family Retreat. He introduced himself to me as ‘just a dad’, not our Chairman of the Board nor our incoming J&F President. I was surprised how he remembered campers names, which kids belonged with which Short Term Missionary and to which parents. I think he learned 120 names the first day! It was evident in speaking with him over the course of our camp that we are in exceptionally capable and caring hands.
  • July 28, 2018
  • 7:50 p.m.
  • John K Thompson
I knew John back in High School. He was a youth leader at my church. An awesome guy who will great at your company.
  • May 1, 2018
  • 6:17 a.m.
  • Ara Gelenian