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Exit Interview: Willingness to share credit, listen has helped CEO to lead

Macfarlane oversaw rebranding and DEI initiatives during nine years at Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists


June 11, 2021
By Kathryn Walson

Succession planning has always been a focus for Chuck Macfarlane, CEO of the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists. He said he looks at staff on the organizational “chessboard” and thinks about who could slide into each role next.

Macfarlane’s planning mindset paid off when the organization’s COO recently announced she was leaving ADCES for another opportunity. His senior staff were ready to take on her workload. What otherwise could have been “a moment of shock for the organization” turned out to be a smooth transition.