WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Population Services International (PSI), a global network of 65 nationally rooted health organizations, announced the election of J. Brian Atwood, Ph.D., and Gail Harmon, Esq., respectively as board chairperson and vice chairperson, effective immediately.
Dr. Atwood succeeds Frank Loy, who served as chairperson of the board of PSI for 11 years. "We thank Frank Loy for his 24 years of dedication and service, first as a member and subsequently as chairperson of the PSI Board of Directors," said Karl Hofmann, president and chief executive officer of PSI. "His stewardship has contributed greatly to PSI's success in growing our response to the challenges faced by those we serve, and in achieving measurable health impact."
Mr. Loy will continue his association with the organization in his role as chairperson emeritus.
In welcoming Dr. Atwood and Ms. Harmon in their new roles, Mr. Hofmann added, "Brian Atwood and Gail Harmon have the respective knowledge and experience to help guide PSI in its cutting-edge work using market-based approaches to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives."
Founded in 1970, PSI is a leader in developing health programs that generate demand for and provide access to health products, services and care across the developing world. PSI operates programs in 65 countries, where it works in partnership with donors, governments and local organizations to implement cost effective, long-lasting solutions.
ABOUT DR. J. BRIAN ATWOOD
Dr. Atwood is professor emeritus and former dean of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is currently senior fellow at Brown University. Dr. Atwood served six years as the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) during the Clinton Administration. He previously also served as assistant secretary of state for congressional affairs, and as a foreign service officer in Cote d'Ivoire and Spain. He is the founding president of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Atwood chaired the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris.
ABOUT GAIL HARMON, ESQ.
Ms. Harmon is a partner in the law firm of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg. She is a nationally recognized authority on exempt organization law and brings strategic expertise on federal tax law, federal election law and other legal issues. In addition to her role on the PSI board, Ms. Harmon is chair of the board of trustees of St. Mary's College of Maryland, and on the executive committee of the board of the DC Public Library Foundation serving as secretary. She is also a former president of the board of directors of the National Partnership for Women & Families (formerly Women's Legal Defense Fund) and a founder and former steering committee member of EMILY'S List.
The PSI Board of Directors:
J. Brian Atwood, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair of Global Policy Studies
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Gail Harmon, Esq.
Harmon, Curran, Spielberg & Eisenberg
David Bloom, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard School of Public Health
Niteesh K. Choudhry, MD, Ph.D.
Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences
Partner and Head of Financial Advisory Services
Frans Engering, Ph.D.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
Kathryn A. Forbes, CPA
Vice President Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Electric Applications Inc.
Senior Vice President and Global Commercial Officer
Pfizer Inc. - Global Innovative Pharma Business
Punam Keller, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
Chief Executive Officer
President and Partner
400 Capital Management LLC
Dean of the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs
Governor Tommy Thompson
Chief Executive Officer
Thompson Family Holdings
Rebecca Van Dyck
Head of Consumer Marketing
Beverly Winikoff, MD, MPH
Gynuity Health Projects
Former Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs
PSI is a leading global health organization working in HIV, reproductive health, child survival, non-communicable diseases and gender-based violence. Partnering with the public sector and harnessing the power of markets, PSI provides life-saving products, services and communications that empower vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives. Learn more about PSI's board.
SOURCE Population Services International