June 2003 Bulletin

AAOS names Karen Hackett as new CEO

On the day her appointment as AAOS CEO was announced to staff, Karen Hackett, CAE, is shown with AAOS President James H. Herndon, MD (seated), Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, AAOS Second Vice President, (left) and Robert W. Bucholz, MD, AAOS First Vice President. James N. Weinstein, DO, chaired the CEO Search Committee

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has announced the selection of Karen L. Hackett, CAE, as Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Ms. Hackett will work directly with the Board of Directors and executive management team to oversee a staff of 235 employees and manage an annual budget of close to $40 million. Her appointment is effective August 1, 2003.

Ms. Hackett brings to the AAOS extensive senior-level health care association management experience coupled with financial and administrative skills. She currently serves as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a professional society of nearly 30,000 healthcare executives. Prior to joining ACHE, she 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. Ms. Hackett is a Certified Association Executive of the American Society of Association Executives and is past chair of its Ethics Committee. She holds an MBA from Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.

"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 both the healthcare and financial skills needed to effectively serve our members and strategically plan for the future."

"I am pleased to have been named CEO of such a strong and vibrant organization," said Ms. Hackett. "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."

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