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Association Departures and Arrivals (July 10, 2020)

July 10, 2020


CEO departures

Wong to leave hypertension group

Brad Wong is stepping down at the end of 2020 after more than four years as CEO of the $7M-revenue Pulmonary Hypertension Association in Silver Spring, Md. Wong “guided PHA through a restructure and new strategic vision to become financially and operationally stronger, while remaining focused on the mission that our founders envisioned,” Chair Karen Fagan and Chair-elect Colleen Brunetti said in a statement.

Wong was previously the first executive director of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and assistant VP of the University of California, San Francisco Foundation. He has a master’s degree in environmental affairs from Clark University in Mass.

Association Strategies is assisting in the search.

CEO arrivals

Dempsey forges role as interim AISI CEO

The American Iron and Steel Institute has promoted Kevin Dempsey to interim CEO and suspended its CEO search. Dempsey was SVP for public policy and general counsel for more than a decade. He succeeds Tom Gibson, who announced in March he would retire after 12 years.

“It is critical for AISI to have strong expertise and continuity. Not only is the steel industry confronted with the COVID-19 crisis, but we continue to face challenges from market-distorting policies ... from China and elsewhere,” John Brett, the group’s chair, said in a statement. “Kevin Dempsey has been at the forefront of the industry’s advocacy on this for many years.”

Before joining $23M-revenue AISI, Dempsey was a partner at global law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. Previously, Dempsey was counsel to Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo.) and the Senate Commerce Committee.

Riggs promoted to top job at UTC

The $6M-revenue Utilities Technology Council in Arlington, Va., has appointed Sheryl Riggs CEO. She was named interim CEO in January, succeeding Joy Ditto, who became CEO of the American Public Power Association.

“After Sheryl led the UTC staff ably and inclusively (during the seven-month search for a new leader), ensuring that UTC remained stable during the worst of the economic downturn, it became clear that our CEO was already in place,” Greg Angst, the group’s chair, said in a statement.

Riggs joined UTC in 2017 as director of accounting and administration and was promoted in 2019 to SVP of finance and operations. She has an MBA and a master’s degree in human resources management from Strayer University.

PNP Staffing Group assisted in the search.

Defense Research Institute appoints Martinez

DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar recently announced that it has named Dean Martinez as CEO. Martinez joined $16M-revenue, Chicago-based DRI in April after nearly 11 years at the Association for Supply Chain Management, most recently as general counsel and COO. He succeeds John Kouris, who has retired after leading DRI for 22 years.  Before joining ASCM (then known as APICS) in 2009, Martinez previously held senior positions in Illinois state government, including deputy governor.