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Special Announcement: National MS Society Names New President and CEO

August 9, 2011

Following is a message from Tom Kuhn, National MS Society Board Chair and Eli Rubenstein, National Board member and Chair of the CEO Search Committee regarding the announcement of the National MS Society’s new President and CEO.

Dear members of the MS movement,

The board of directors of the National MS Society is pleased to have the honor to announce that effective October 1, Cyndi Zagieboylo will become the National MS Society’s new President and CEO.

Selecting the best candidate to lead the National MS Society is one of the most important duties that the national board has as volunteer leaders. We knew that we were looking for someone who could build on the strengths and extraordinary successes that we have together achieved. Someone who could bring together people from across the MS movement to fuel the necessary growth and innovation needed to realize a world free of MS. And I am pleased to say that we have found this person in Cyndi.

With more than 25-years’ experience at the National MS Society, Cyndi began her career at what was then called the Massachusetts chapter as a director of support services where she worked directly with people with MS, healthcare professionals and the community. From there, she focused on developing programs and services in the southeast and after that became an area director for the northeast where she worked on fund development, financial analysis, strategic planning and mission delivery as well as board member engagement.

As vice president for chapter programs she shifted her focus nationwide to vastly improve the strength of the chapter structure for the Society to better benefit people with MS. In this role she focused on ensuring the Society grew to be a strong unified and mission-focused organization, she helped establish the IRC call center, implemented the chapter certification standards program and developed several key processes for chapter support that remain in place today. As chief field services officer, her most current position, Cyndi’s role in the establishment of our regions was critical as she drove the process to align territories and hired our regional executive vice presidents. Further, she played a key role in establishing our 2011 through 2015 strategic response as a member of the core strategy and implementation team.

“Cyndi knows the MS Society inside and out and is perfectly positioned to become the National MS Society’s next CEO. Her 25-plus-year career at the Society and her vast experience from chapter to regional to national leadership demonstrates her deep knowledge of how this organization functions. Further, her strategic thinking and results-driven track record speak to her strength as a leader,” said Tom Kuhn, national board chair and search committee member.

Kuhn continued: “The national board of the MS Society also wants to extend its deep gratitude to Joyce Nelson. With 28 years of service to the Society, Joyce leaves an indelible mark on our organization and has made significant contributions to moving us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis. When she announced her intent to retire nearly nine months ago, we knew that she was leaving the organization in a position of strength and we are confident that Cyndi will allow us to build on our strengths.”

“I am both honored and excited to become the next CEO of the National MS Society,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo. “I have devoted my career to people living with and affected by multiple sclerosis. I know that leading the National MS Society is a tremendous responsibility and I look forward to working together with everyone in the MS movement to bring us closer to a world free of MS. I also want to thank Joyce Nelson for her extraordinary leadership as well as the national board for expressing their confidence and trust in allowing me to serve people affected by MS in this important role.”

We forward to welcoming the next leader of the National MS Society and for members of the MS community to meet our new leader in the upcoming months.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.


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