American College of Cardiology Begins CEO Search

Search committee comprised of ACC member leaders

Contact: Nicole Napoli,, 202-375-6523

WASHINGTON (Jul 22, 2020) -

The American College of Cardiology has launched a search for its next CEO. Led by a search committee made up of nine ACC member leaders, the College hopes to announce a new CEO early next year.

“We are looking for an individual who can effectively lead the College through this time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, while also staying focused on our Mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health around the world,” said Richard Kovacs, MD, MACC, chair of the Search Committee and immediate past president.

The CEO will report directly to the ACC’s Board of Trustees and will be charged with working closely with both the BOT and the senior management team to implement the College’s five-year strategic plan, including the achievement of annual and long-term goals and financial metrics. Other responsibilities include continuing the College’s focus on innovation; helping to foster a strong and diverse staff and member volunteer network; representing the interests of ACC members and the patients they serve before key policymaking bodies; forging and cultivating strong relationships with other cardiovascular societies and stakeholders around the world; and more.

Interested candidates should submit their CV to Nicola Kennedy or Crystal Nott at by Aug. 21. Read the full job description.

“The ACC needs a proven leader who shares our commitment to quality, innovation, education and collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and strategic management,” said ACC President Athena Poppas, MD, FACC. “As we pivot to meet the evolving needs of cardiovascular professionals in the U.S. and around the world, the right candidate will embody our cultural values of teamwork, professionalism and excellence, and understand the importance of patients in all that we do.”

The College is currently operating under the leadership of Interim CEO and Senior Executive Vice President Cathleen Gates.

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit


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