NEW YORK (January 10, 2023) – Today, UNICEF USA announced that Michael S. Chen has been selected as the organization’s new Chief Financial Officer, effective January 10. As Chief Financial Officer, Michael will be responsible for leading the finance team while ensuring all financial functions meet the needs of UNICEF USA.  

Michael joins the leadership team at UNICEF USA reporting to President & CEO, Michael J. Nyenhuis and steering the organization’s Finance and Audit Committees.

 "After a deliberate and thoughtful search process, Michael remained our top choice to lead UNICEF USA’s finance team. His robust knowledge and experience, coupled with his personal connection to UNICEF differentiated him among other, well-qualified candidates,” said Michael J. Nyenhuis, UNICEF USA President & CEO. “I am confident that Michael’s skillset will propel our team forward and allow for our organization to continue to excel as we work relentlessly for the rights of every child.” 

Michael joins UNICEF USA after serving 10 years as Senior Vice President, Finance for American multinational medical technology company Becton Dickinson & Co. In this role, Michael was responsible for the successful integrations and delivery of the deal financial commitments of two transformative acquisitions Becton Dickinson & Co. undertook. In addition, he led the integration of the Finance function from the two acquisitions into BD’s Finance organization and its corresponding transformation. 

“Having been a beneficiary of UNICEF’s generosity during my time in refugee camps as a child in Malaysia and the Philippines, I have seen its direct positive impact on my family, and other children in the refugee camps,” says Chen. “I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to join such an impactful organization and looking forward to furthering UNICEF USA’s mission and purpose.”

Prior to Becton Dickinson & Co., Michael was the Vice President & Controller for the Oncology business at Varian Medical Systems where he led all financial aspects of that business unit and General Electric where he progressed through various finance leadership roles during his 13 years there. 

Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Michael enjoys golf, movies, and spending time with his family. He was born in Vietnam and is a former Franklin Lakes, NJ resident, currently living in Bluffton, SC. 

As a leading fundraising committee for UNICEF, UNICEF USA has raised almost $12 billion in donations and gifts-in-kind to support UNICEF’s work for every child since 1947. Through fundraising, advocacy and education, UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s lifesaving work and empowers Americans to take action on issues that impact children worldwide. 

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to pursue a more equitable world for every child. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

UNICEF USA advances the global mission of UNICEF by rallying the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children. Together, we are working toward a world that upholds the rights of all children and helps every child thrive. For more information, visit


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Nina Marie Costa, UNICEF USA,