Vetted Solutions Tapped by ABTA to Find Next Leader

November 3, 2017 – The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) has enlisted executive search firm Vetted Solutions to lead its search for a new CEO. President and founder Jim Zaniello and vice president Catherine Brown are spearheading the assignment.

The ABTA is entering the next phase of its developmental transformation with the opportunity to revolutionize the field, said the recruitment firm. This is an opportunity to lead a well-established organization and the authoritative leader within the industry into its next phase of its growth.

The CEO is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, revenue generation and its financial objectives, said Vetted Solutions. The leader will oversee governance and operations for this $5.6 million organization with a staff of almost 30 representing the community of brain tumor scientists, patients, caregivers, donors and key influencers. To support the science and treatment of brain tumors, the CEO will also work with a scientific advisory council of over 30 renowned physicians in the U.S. and Canada.

To be successful, the next CEO of ABTA must have a combination of leadership experience in a non-profit organization, professional association or academic setting with a focus on brain tumors or a related field, said the search firm. Ability to coalesce a variety of interests, both scientific and patient support oriented, around a common set of goals will be essential. The organization seeks a strategic thinker who can see the big picture and motivate staff, volunteers, donors and key constituents toward a common vision.


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Founded in 1973, the non-profit ABTA is dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of brain tumors with the goals of improving, extending and, ultimately, saving the lives of those affected by brain tumors. The organization accomplishes its mission through an extensive patient education and support program and an active grant-making process.

Non-Profit Association Leaders

Based in Washington, D.C., Vetted Solutions, a specialist in conducting non-profit and association sector recruiting assignments, focuses on recruiting board members, CEOs and senior staff positions for prominent and well-known organizations nationwide.

Recent searches undertaken by the firm include recruiting the CEO for SOCAP Internationalplacing the president for El-Hibri Foundation and recruiting a chief learning officer for the American Society of Association Executives. The firm also helped recruit Daniel Gillison as the executive director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.

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.

Ms. Brown, for her part, brings a deep knowledge of both association and philanthropic organization management. Most recently, she served as president of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. In addition to more than 35 years of experience in the non-profit sector, she has held positions at the executive level in the hospitality and meetings industries.

Recent Growth

In May, Vetted expanded with the addition of Ms. Brown as vice president for West Coast operations. She joined the firm in Los Angeles as a search partner, leadership consultant and interim executive. Ms. Brown brings to the firm a deep knowledge of both association and philanthropic organization management.

Recently, Vetted Solutions expanded its staff with the addition of Nancy Green as vice president in its Washington, D.C., office. In her role, Ms. Green is broadening the firm’s activities in the areas of succession planning, interim executive appointments, onboarding and leadership development. Her arrival allows Mr. Zaniello, to focus on further expansion and growth opportunities.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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