American College of Cardiology Begins Search for New CEO

Korn/Ferry International selected to help search committee choose College’s next leader

Contact: Nicole Napoli,, 202-375-6523

WASHINGTON (Mar 23, 2018) -

The American College of Cardiology has selected Korn/Ferry International, a leading global executive recruitment and talent management firm, to work alongside a search committee tasked with selecting the College’s next chief executive officer. The search is now underway and should be completed by late summer.

The ACC search committee consists of eight ACC member leaders. Working with Korn Ferry, the committee will solicit input from an array of stakeholders, including members of the ACC’s Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors, past-presidents, council chairs, next generation leaders and staff.

“The ACC has a strong mission and vision to guide us in transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health,” said ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC. “We are looking for a CEO who shares in the goals of the College and is passionate about working side-by-side with its staff and members to realize and move forward with our vision and new strategic plan.”

Tom Giella ( and Lorraine Lavet ( are leading the search. All interested candidates should contact them directly. 

ACC’s previous CEO, Shalom Jacobovitz left the College in February 2017 to head up a new biopharmaceutical company after serving in his role for nearly five years. The College is currently operating under the leadership of Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President Cathy Gates.

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit


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