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Montreal, Canada, January 10, 2012 — The World Federation of Hemophilia is pleased to announce the appointment of John Bournas as CEO/Executive Director. Mr Bournas brings over fifteen years of senior managerial experience in the healthcare and not-for-profit sectors and international experience as a diplomat. His areas of expertise include management, business development, healthcare advocacy and cultivating relationships with stakeholders of the highest level of government. Mr Bournas will start his new position on January 25.

“The WFH is delighted to welcome John Bournas to our team,” said WFH president Mark Skinner. “He brings a unique combination of skills and an international perspective that will be integral to achieving our strategic goals in the coming years.”

Prior to joining the WFH, Mr Bournas was senior director of international affairs with the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACC), the largest international professional society for cardiologists. He was responsible for global strategic planning, international memberships, partnering with national healthcare societies, global advocacy, and for diversifying the organization’s revenue stream through engagement with its corporate partners. Before that, Mr Bournas was senior director-international with Cardinal Health in the U.S., a Fortune 19 company that specialized in improving the cost-effectiveness of health care.

Mr Bournas has also worked and travelled throughout the world developing relationships and bridging gaps between established and emerging countries. He worked as a diplomat in Chile, Australia, and Japan overseeing international trade and development projects. The son of Chilean and Greek parents, he was raised in Chile and the United States. He speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, and some Japanese and Greek.

Mr Bournas holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Macquarie University in Australia, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Fordham University in the U.S., and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University in the U.S.


About the WFH
The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) is an international not for profit organization with member patient organizations in 118 countries and official recognition by the World Health Organization (WHO). It has been dedicated to improving and sustaining care for hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders worldwide since it was founded in 1963.

For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Myles
Director of Communications
World Federation of Hemophilia
emyles@wfh.org
Tel: +1-514-875-7944

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