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AAFA is Searching for Our Next CEO

Strategic Transition Planned for 60-Year-Old Asthma and Allergy Foundation

(November 1, 2013 - Landover, MD) The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) announced today that it is searching for the organization’s next leader. Bill McLin, AAFA’s President and CEO for the past 11 years, will be departing in the first quarter of 2014. McLin’s tenure was associated with the planned and successful expansion of the organization’s education, advocacy and research efforts dedicated to meeting the needs of the allergic disease community.

“Bill has been a terrific leader for our organization and the Board is working closely with him and the AAFA team to implement our executive search effort,” says AAFA Board Chair Lynn Hanessian. “AAFA’s current vitality is a credit to Bill’s leadership.”

“With dedicated volunteers and supporters, sound financial footing, an efficient organizational structure, and stable leadership on the Board and staff, AAFA is in a really good place,” says McLin, “it’s the dawn of AAFA’s next 60 years, which is an exciting opportunity for a new leader.”

The new leader will be joining an organization which is well-positioned to continue a strategic path towards fulfilling its mission. In 2013, AAFA merged with the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (KFA), now a division of AAFA, and the Board and staff have just completed a year-long strategic planning and “visioning” effort to build a roadmap that is guiding AAFA into the years ahead.

Since 1953, AAFA has been the leading national voluntary health agency supporting research to find cures, promoting better education and awareness, and fighting for patients’ rights.  More than 25 million Americans have asthma and 50 million have allergies, including 17 million with food allergies. 

AAFA is working with a professional search firm, Association Strategies, Inc. (ASI), to ensure a thorough, thoughtful and transparent search process. McLin is working with AAFA’s Board, staff and affiliates to prepare for the change and he will remain CEO until his replacement is identified.

“With all the progress in research, diagnosis and treatment – plus many advances in disease education, information technology and healthcare delivery – AAFA has matured at a time when our ability to fight these diseases has matured, too,” says Chris Ward, former AAFA Board Chair and leader of the CEO Search Committee. “It’s a great time for a new leader to take AAFA into future.”

If interested in the CEO search and position, please visit ASI’s website at www.assnstrategies.com or contact Pamela Kaul at Pamela@assnstrategies.com

About AAFA

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma, allergies and related conditions. AAFA provides practical information, community based services and support through a national network of chapters, support groups and local community partners. AAFA develops health education, organizes state and national advocacy efforts and funds research to find better treatments and cures. Learn more at www.aafa.org.

CONTACT FOR MEDIA ONLY: Mike Tringale, AAFA External Affairs, mike@aafa.org,

202-466-7643, x272.

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