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Association Departures and Arrivals (October 4, 2021)


CEO Arrivals

Surgeons elevate Turner to top role 

Patricia L. Turner began a three-month leadership transition process Oct. 1 as executive director-elect of the American College of Surgeons. She will succeed David B. Hoyt Jan. 1. Hoyt, a trauma surgeon, has been executive director since 2010. 

Turner, a general surgeon, is the first woman and first person of color to be named executive director of the $158M-revenue, Chicago-based group. She had been director of the ACS division of member services since 2011. In a news statement, ACS said she “pioneered transformative changes that serve the diverse and evolving needs of surgeons in the U.S. and internationally.” 

“Dr. Turner is an outstanding clinician, educator, and surgeon advocate who is an inspired choice to carry forward the College’s momentum and lead its continued global growth,” board Chair L. Scott Levin said in a statement.   

Before joining ACS, Turner was on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is currently on the faculty of the University of Chicago Medicine. She received her medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., and earned an MBA in 2020 from the University of Maryland. 

Isaacson, Miller assisted with the search.  

Michael joins bus and motorcoach association

The Alexandria, Va.-based United Motorcoach Association has named Scott Michael CEO, effective Oct. 4. Michael held numerous roles during more than 26 years with the American Moving and Storage Association, including five years as CEO. (AMSA merged into the American Trucking Associations in 2020.) 

"I believe that UMA has found the individual with the right skills<>et and experience to move our organization and industry forward as we rebound, restore and learn what normal is again," UMA Vice Chair David Moody said in a statement. 

UMA members include more than 900 bus and motorcoach companies. Revenue in 2019 was $3.1 million.

Michael succeeds industry veteran Larry Killingsworth, who joined UMA in early 2020 for what was initially planned as a short-term interim role. Killingsworth followed Stacy Tetschner, who had left UMA after nearly three years as CEO to become chief executive of the American Traffic Safety Services Association. 

Michael has a bachelor’s degree in political economy from Princeton University.

Senior staff departures

AHIPGreg Gierer has left the $69M-revenue America’s Health Insurance Plans, where he was SVP of policy, to become VP of policy and research at the Better Medicare Alliance. 

Gierer previously worked as senior director of health policy at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and as a senior policy consultant for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Earlier in his career, he was an aide to former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).

Senior staff arrivals

Consumer Data Industry AssociationJustin Hakes has joined the $5.3M-revenue group as VP of communications and public affairs. He most recently was VP for strategic communications at the American Council of Life Insurers. 

Previously, he worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for 11 years in communications roles, including as senior director. Hakes earlier was communications director for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. 

Consumer Healthcare Products AssociationDouglas “Duffy” MacKay will join $23M-revenue CHPA Oct. 18 as SVP of dietary supplements. He will lead a cross-functional team, directing strategy, shaping policy and collaborating with stakeholders to protect and grow the dietary supplements category on behalf of members, according to a CHPA statement.

MacKay, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, most recently was SVP of scientific and regulatory affairs at CV Sciences, a maker of CBD oil products. Previously, he worked for a decade at the Council for Responsible Nutrition. 

“Duffy is an accomplished and highly respected leader of the dietary supplements industry,” CHPA CEO Scott Melville said in a statement. “Duffy has spent his career advocating for consumers, the industry and the important and growing role that science-backed dietary supplements play in self-care.”

National Confectioners AssociationFarida Mohamedshah has joined $21M-revenue NCA as SVP of scientific and regulatory affairs. She succeeds Debra Miller

Before joining the group on Oct. 6, Mohamedshah was director of food, health and nutrition at the Institute of Food Technologists. 

“Farida will be an immense ass<>et to NCA and our member companies as we continue to navigate the changing regulatory landscape for the confectionery industry,” CEO John Downs said in a statement. “The COVID-19 pandemic has only underscored the need for policies rooted in sound science. Farida’s knowledge and experience will be critical in helping NCA develop advocacy positions in the areas of food safety, food labeling and nutrition policy and helping our members be compliant with current and proposed regulations.”


The Vinyl Institute—$7M-revenue VI has hired Christina Xydis as director of regulatory and technical affairs. Xydis has more than 14 years’ experience in regulatory, environmental and health and safety issues in the nuclear and biosciences industries. Before joining VI, Xydis worked for diversified utility holding company Exelon, based in Chicago.

“Our regulatory affairs team is one of our association’s greatest ass<>ets,” VI CEO Ned Monroe said in a statement. “Christina’s extensive knowledge and experience is critical to ensuring PVC is given a fair shot in legislative and regulatory matters.”

Xydis lives in the Chicago area.



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