May 2003 AAOS Report

AAOS Board selects new executive vice president/CEO

The AAOS Board of Directors has been involved in a search process over the past six months to select a new executive vice president/chief executive officer for the AAOS. From that search, the Board has selected Karen L. Hackett, FACHE, CAE, to oversee Academy staff of 235 employees and manage an annual budget of close to $40 million Her appointment is effective Aug. 1, 2003.

Ms. Hackett brings to this position close to 15 years of senior level, association management experience, coupled with superb financial and administrative skills. She is a highly respected leader with demonstrated experience in directing a professional society. She currently serves as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the American College of Healthcare Executives, based in Chicago. She previously served as vice president for the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, senior manager for Ernst and Young, and director of Technical Services for the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
"The entire Board of Directors joins me in welcoming Karen Hackett to the Academy," said AAOS President James H. Herndon, MD. "In Karen, we found a proven leader with the health care and financial skills needed to serve our members and strategically plan for the future."
The need for someone of Ms. Hackett's experience and capabilities emerged from the Board's strategic planning initiative conducted in 2001 and the organizational assessment completed last fall.

"I look forward to working with the volunteer leaders, members and staff to advance the mission of the Academy and face the challenges of the future," said Ms. Hackett.

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