The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief Executive Officer. Founded in 1948 in Minneapolis, the AAN is the world's largest association of neurologists and neuroscience professionals with more than 36,000 members and nearly 200 employees. The AAN is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating, and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, concussion, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy.
During the successful 20-year tenure of its current CEO, who will retire in 2020, the AAN has more than doubled its membership, and its operating budget increased from $11M in 1999 to $61M in 2019. The AAN produces the largest Annual Meeting for neurologists and neurology professionals—with more than 15,000 in attendance in Philadelphia in 2019, setting a new record. The Academy also produces a yearly Fall Conference, summer Sports Concussion Conference, and other well-attended conferences and summit meetings for different segments of the specialty. Its flagship publication—the leading scientific journal Neurology®—is a hub for additional journals on the practice of neurology, genetics, neuroimmunology, and neuroinflammation. Neurology Today® keeps members updated on the latest developments in the field, while Brain & Life®—the patient- and caregiver-focused magazine, website, and book series—delivers education and hope to those dealing with the effects of diseases of the brain and nervous system. Celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Maria Shriver, and Gloria Estefan have recently been featured on the cover of Brain & Life®.
For this important role, AAN seeks an innovative, accomplished, and collaborative leader. The ideal candidate will be results-oriented with a track record of success in leading organizations representing a profession—ideally one that has faced an evolving external environment. The new CEO will be skilled at working with Boards of Directors to articulate and create a vision for the future of the organization, while also capable of changing course and shifting strategy as needed. S/he should possess outstanding business savvy, must offer creative and innovative ideas, and must be able to facilitate conversations with the Board, broader membership, and other stakeholders to generate consensus around identified plans and priorities. These plans and priorities should include developing and implementing a broad public policy/advocacy platform, expanding program offerings, and enhancing partnerships with thought leaders and educational institutions.
The successful candidate may come from a variety of backgrounds—including medical practice leadership, association management, public policy and advocacy expertise, academic leadership, or the health care industry. S/he should ideally have extensive experience in a senior leadership role of a comparably-sized organization and must possess an undergraduate degree, a graduate degree and/or additional professional certification would be beneficial.
Nominations and expressions of interest will continue to be considered until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit confidentially, in electronic form (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred), a resume and letter of interest to: