ACC Names Shalom Jacobovitz as New CEO
"Shal has a track record that demonstrates he is the right person to lead a strong organization like the ACC and to take it to the next level at a time when health care is undergoing massive changes," said ACC President John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC. "He is an innovative and proven leader as well as a successful mentor and team builder. Shal brings a unique perspective at a time when the College is ramping up to meet the evolving needs of cardiovascular professionals domestically and around the globe."
Jacobovitz comes to the ACC from Actelion Pharmaceuticals U.S., a biopharmaceutical company specializing in cardio-pulmonary therapies, where he has served as president since 2004. At Actelion, Jacobovitz developed a strong patient- and customer-centered corporate strategy, which he implemented globally.
"This is an exciting time for the College," said former ACC President William Zoghbi, MD, MACC, who led the CEO Search Committee. "Shal comes to the ACC with more than 25 years in health care, including extensive international and domestic experience. He shares the College's commitment to quality, innovation and strategic management, and we are confident he will advance the ACC's mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health."
|Shalom "Shal" Jacobovitz|
"It is a privilege for me to join the ACC," Jacobovitz said. "The College is a thriving medical professional society that is well positioned to be at the center of rapid changes in health care. I look forward to working with the ACC's dedicated professional staff and member leaders to build on the College's legacy of leadership in quality improvement, patient-centered care, clinical education and practice excellence."
Jacobovitz was chosen as CEO following a year-long nationwide search led by executive search firm, Korn/Ferry International. He will assume the role beginning in May. During the search period, Tom Arend, ACC's chief operating officer and general counsel, served as interim chief staff officer for the College's more than 350 staff.
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