The American Cancer Society announced today that it has named Gary M. Reedy as the chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society, placing the 1978 E&H graduate atop one of the most influential non-profit organizations in the nation.
Reedy, who replaces outgoing CEO John R. Seffring. assumes the role on April 27.
During his 37-year professional career in the health care industry, Reedy held senior leadership positions with SmithKline Beecham, Centocor, and Johnson & Johnson, including working as North America president of Ortho Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson company with annual revenues of more than $3 billion. Most recently, Reedy worked as worldwide vice president, government affairs and policy at Johnson & Johnson, with responsibility for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He retired from Johnson & Johnson March 27, 2015.
An active Society volunteer since 2000, Reedy served as chair of the Society’s Board of Directors and also as chair of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Board. Among other leadership positions within the Society, Reedy served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Cancer Society Foundation and he chaired the National Board Advisory Committee on Transformation. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Society.
Reedy serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors of Emory & Henry College. He is also a member of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund. He recently served as an officer on the C-Change board of directors and was a charter member of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer.
Gary is a graduate of Emory & Henry College, with a bachelor of science degree in biology. He also has completed executive development programs and courses at the Wharton School, the University of Tennessee, and UCLA.
Robert E. Youle, the chair of American Cancer Society Board of Directors, praised Reedy for his longtime commitment to the organization and his clear drive to create the best American Cancer Society possible. “He has proven through his years as a volunteer to be an innovative leader who understands the value of collaboration and is laser-focused on results.”
Gary and his wife Cindy will be relocating to Atlanta. They are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Katie (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Stephanie (Washington, DC).