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Alzheimer's Association President Promoted to CEO

Analysis  |  By Jasmyne Ray  
   October 21, 2022

Dr. Joanne Pike's prior positions at the Association entailed long-term care initiatives focused on person-centered care and partnerships with healthcare systems and physicians to help those affected with the Alzheimer's.

The Alzheimer's Association announced that Dr. Joanne Pike, will be the organization's next chief executive officer beginning in January 2023.

Pike will be succeeding Harry Johns, who has served as CEO since 2005.

Joining the organization in 2016, Pike has overseen the organization's global efforts to accelerate research of Alzheimer's, advance public policy, enhance care and support, increase awareness, and grow revenue. Before serving as president, she served as chief strategy officer, and earlier as chief programs officer—a role in which she oversaw care and support services for individuals with the disease, as well as long-term care initiatives focused on patient-centered care delivery models and creating partnerships with health systems, physicians, and other healthcare professionals.

Pike's appointment came after a unanimous vote among the organization's board of directors.

"Dr. Pike's passion to support all communities increasingly impacted by Alzheimer's and other dementias is undeniable," Sarah Lorance, chair of Alzheimer's Association board of directors, said in a statement. "She's the ideal next leader for the organization and for the millions impacted by Alzheimer's and all other dementia."

"My deep passion for public health leads me to approach Alzheimer's disease and all other dementia with a particular sense of urgency," Pike said in a statement. "The next few years hold incredible promise. There are more potential treatments for Alzheimer's in the pipeline than at any point in history."

"I am grateful for Harry's unwavering leadership during the past 17 years and applaud all that he accomplished in his tenure," she said. "I share his commitment to achieving our mission in all communities, particularly those which have historically been underserved. It will be an honor to lead the Alzheimer's Association."

Noting the speed at which Alzheimer's grows among individuals, Johns believes the next steps society takes in addressing its impact will be critical.

"Having collaborated extensively with Joanne during the past six years, I have witnessed her steadfast commitment to all elements of our mission, and to all of the people that mission supports," he said in a statement. "She is dedicated to changing outcomes for the more than six million people living with Alzheimer's in America today, their 11 million unpaid caregivers, and to advances that will create risk reduction and treatment opportunities for everyone in the future."

 

“My deep passion for public health leads me to approach Alzheimer's disease and all other dementia with a particular sense of urgency. The next few years hold incredible promise.”


KEY TAKEAWAYS

Dr. Pike will begin her role as CEO in January 2023.

Pike's prior experience as chief programs officer helped her create long-term care initiatives that focused on person-centered care.


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