Scott Royal Named President and CEO of Abt SRBI

BETHESDA, Md., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Abt Associates has named Scott Royal as President and CEO of Abt SRBI, the survey research and data collection arm of Abt, effective April 1. Royal is Abt's division vice president for U.S. Health, a position he has held since 2008.

Mark Schulman, current CEO of Abt SRBI, will continue to have a key role in the company.  As Founding Partner and Chief Research Officer, he will focus on day-to-day oversight of project execution and client relationships.

"Abt SRBI has developed a stellar reputation as a top-tier research firm under the outstanding leadership of Mark Schulman," said Jay L. Knott, Executive Vice President for Global Business at Abt Associates. "Mark is a giant in the field of survey research, and he will now be able to devote his full attention to assuring the continued high quality of Abt SRBI's work and recruiting top talent.  We are confident Scott and Mark together will take Abt SRBI to the next level, both in enabling greater collaboration with Abt Associates and winning larger projects."

Under Royal's leadership, Abt's U.S. Health Division has grown significantly, doubling in revenue and increasing the scope and impact of its projects. Prior to this, Royal, who has a Ph.D. in public health, started and led Abt's public health and epidemiology practice. He has overseen numerous projects with large survey and data collection components and has collaborated with Abt SRBI on several large projects with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Abt SRBI will remain a separate company. 

About Abt Associates

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates was ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms in 2012 and also named one of the top 40 international development innovators.  The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in nearly 50 countries. www.abtassociates.com

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