December 20, 2019 – Jim Zaniello of Vetted Solutions has recruited Gregory L. Schultz as the new CEO of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT). He succeeds retiring executive director Amanda Rowe, who led the organization for 27 years.
“We are so grateful for Amanda’s leadership,” said Stuart Sweet, ISHLT president and a pediatric pulmonologist at Washington University in St. Louis. “Under her guidance, ISHLT’s influence and scope has grown tremendously. Now we’re looking forward to Greg’s vision and experience leading us through the next chapter.”
Mr. Schultz brings to the role deep association leadership experience and a passion for creating dynamic communities and strong organizational cultures that drive innovation. Since 2015, he has served as executive vice president for Kellen, a global association management company, where he was responsible for strategy, staffing and service delivery for a portfolio of associations in health, science, technology and business. Prior to that, Mr. Schultz was a founding partner of the Sherwood Group, an association management firm he helped build into a leader in supporting professional societies. Sherwood Group was acquired by Kellen in 2015. A longtime leader in the association management field, Mr. Schultz is a past chair of the Association Management Company Institute and a certified association executive.
“I’m thrilled to put my experience leading health-related associations to work for ISHLT,” Mr. Schultz said. “And I’m honored to have been selected to serve as champion and steward of the ISHLT mission. I look forward to working with our volunteer leaders, members, staff and stakeholders to advance the quality of care for patients, building on ISHLT’s rich history and commitment to engagement, access and excellence.”
The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation is a not-for-profit, multidisciplinary, professional organization dedicated to improving the care of patients with advanced heart and lung disease through transplantation, mechanical support and innovative therapies via research, education and advocacy. The organization was created in 1981 at a gathering of about 15 cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Today, it has over 3,700 members from over 45 countries, representing over 15 different professional disciplines involved in the management and treatment of end-stage heart and lung disease.
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Mr. Zaniello has worked for more than two decades in positions ranging from non-profit executive director to publisher of a leading tool for non-profit executive search. He is also said to have an intimate understanding of the complex demands of the executive office through his own experience as executive director at several associations and non-profits.
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