American Diabetes Association Names Laurence Hausner CEO

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Diabetes Association, the nation’s premier voluntary health organization dedicated to conquering diabetes and supporting those who live with it, today named Laurence Hausner Chief Executive Officer, effective October 8, 2007.

Hausner comes to the ADA from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, where he served in various capacities as General Manager, Organizational Development; Chief Strategic Development Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Hausner succeeds Michael D. Farley, CFRE, ADA’s Chief Community & Corporate Relations Officer, who has led the organization as Interim CEO since January 2007. Farley will return to his role as Chief Community & Corporate Relations Officer.

Hausner joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2003. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. As Chief Operating Officer, Hausner had oversight and management of all of the Society’s operations, including revenue generation, finance, information technology, patient services, public policy, marketing, human resources and field management. His responsibility included management of 66 chapters in the US and Canada, with 1,250 employees and more than 50,000 volunteers.

At Leukemia & Lymphoma, and in his previous roles, Hausner has consistently led significant growth and has implemented successful national branding programs. Revenues for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society grew under his leadership from $165 million to more than $270 million. Hausner recently partnered with the Board of Directors to develop The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2008-2011 strategic direction. The plans include a strong recognition of the role of volunteers in the achievement of the overall strategic goals of the organization.

“I am honored and excited to be joining ADA at this critical juncture in its history. Throughout my career at The National Multiple Sclerosis and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Societies, I have worked to bring focus to the needs of people affected by heartbreaking diseases and have worked with volunteers, staff and strategic allies to move a mission forward by increasing awareness, passion and financial growth,” Hausner said. “The American Diabetes Association is already the gold standard in serving the needs of people affected by diabetes, and I believe we have a tremendous opportunity to catapult the success of this organization to even greater heights. The need to educate the public and raise the awareness of diabetes and its seriousness are paramount at this time, and I look forward to engaging in that worthy effort with this great organization.”

Darlene L. Cain, American Diabetes Association Chair of the Board, said, “Larry Hausner joins the American Diabetes Association at a time when the prevalence of this devastating disease is growing and affecting the health and economy of the nation at an alarming rate. Larry brings to ADA an impressive track record of success in leading major voluntary health agencies that also address devastating diseases. We are thrilled he is joining us at a time when ADA is more committed than ever to outpacing and ultimately conquering diabetes.”

Hausner brings experience from the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to his new role. He began his career in financial services and product marketing for several large U.S. corporations. In 1986, he moved to the nonprofit sector when he joined the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and has been serving the needs of others since that time. At the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, he moved quickly through the organization to become Vice President, Marketing, and was soon tapped to manage the operations of the organization, ultimately becoming Chief of Staff.

Hausner and his family will be relocating to the Washington, D.C. metro area from New York. He earned a B.S. in Marketing and an MBA in Marketing Management, both from the University of Rhode Island.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s premier voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association provides services to hundreds of communities across the country. For more information about the Association, please visit or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Information from both these sources is available in English and in Spanish.

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CONTACT: Helen L. Mitternight of the American Diabetes Association,+1-703-549-1500 ext. 2006, [email protected]

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