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ASHA promotes Deal-Williams to succeed Pietranton

Pietranton, CEO of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 2004, is retiring at year end


Oct. 5, 2021

By William Ehart

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association said today it will promote Vicki R. Deal-Williams to CEO, effective Jan. 1, succeeding longtime leader Arlene Pietranton. Pietranton, who is retiring, has led the group since 2004.

Deal-Williams has been chief staff officer for multicultural affairs for nearly 25 years.

ASHA board President A. Lynn Williams, noted that the association conducted a national search with the assistance of executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart.

“Vicki’s deep experience and substantial history of achievement, including a proven track record of advancing DEI, along with her extensive qualifications overall to lead the association in a post-COVID world, made her the ideal candidate to be ASHA’s next CEO,” Williams said in an Oct. 5 statement.