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Newton Guerin was named today as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Liver Foundation (ALF) as announced by Donna Cryer, Chair, ALF Board of Directors. Guerin’s appointment is effective immediately.
Guerin has served as the American Liver Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer since late 2007 and has been instrumental in unifying the Foundation’s nationwide operations and brand enhancement including creating an organization-wide grassroots governance structure. He led the strategic planning process which resulted in more focus on local delivery of programs to benefit people with liver disease. In addition, Mr. Guerin oversaw the initiation of A Journey Worth Making, a special gifts campaign to increase funding for the Foundation’s mission program.
“The American Liver Foundation is fortunate to have someone with Newton Guerin’s leadership experience to serve as our President and Chief Executive Officer at such a critical time in our work to increase education, patient advocacy and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease,” said Ms. Cryer in making the announcement.
In accepting the position, Mr. Guerin said, “I am honored to be the next President and CEO of the American Liver Foundation and look forward to expanding our focus on liver wellness and supporting millions of Americans living with liver disease. We carry out our mission through a network of volunteers and staff in Divisions throughout the country. Through their creativity and hard work, these individuals provide education for liver health and prevention of liver disease that will ultimately save lives. It is a special privilege to be part of their efforts.”
Mr. Guerin brings over 37 years of leadership experience with senior management positions in three of the nation’s leading voluntary health agencies. Following his graduation from the University of Alabama Birmingham with a degree in Psychology, Mr. Guerin began his career in the not for profit sector with the American Cancer Society as Field Representative in Birmingham, Alabama.
During his ten year career with the American Cancer Society, Mr. Guerin served as National Representative in the Society’s home office providing consultation and training in all aspects of strategic and operational planning, financial management and staff development to five statewide Divisions. While serving in this role, he led an initiative to enhance public awareness throughout the entire southeastern United States. He later rejoined the Alabama Division as Deputy Executive Vice President where he provided leadership training, support and guidance to all department heads and managed all human resource functions.
Mr. Guerin held a number of progressively responsible positions during his 24-year career with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. As Chief of Staff, he led the home office annual planning and budgeting process – 124 employees with an annual budget of $80 million. He also managed the Society’s strategic planning process including directing a collaborative effort involving over 70 staff and leadership volunteers which resulted in increased attention and resources on strategy deployment at all levels of the organization. Mr. Guerin led the CEO’s chapter president management team to determine organizational priorities and address critical issues facing the Society and people living with multiple sclerosis.
Immediately prior to joining the American Liver Foundation, Mr. Guerin served as Regional Director with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society providing management oversight to staff and leadership volunteers in eight major markets throughout the country. These chapters accounted for over $37 million in annual revenue. Mr. Guerin consulted on all aspects of chapter operations, including revenue development, patient services and advocacy programs, along with volunteer and staff development.
Mr. Guerin lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife, Jane.