Title: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Board of Directors Names Former Fortune 500 Executive as CEO; Hala Moddelmog, Highly Regarded Businesswoman to Lead One of the World’s Largest Private Funders of Breast Cancer Research
Author: Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Publication: Susan G. Komen for the Cure website
The Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, one of the world’s largest private funders of breast cancer research and community outreach programs, today announced that Hala Moddelmog has been selected as the organization’s new chief executive officer, effective immediately. She joins the Komen Foundation from Catalytic Ventures LLC where she served as CEO. Komen Foundation’s Founder, Nancy G. Brinker, a key participant in the search for a new CEO, will continue to remain actively involved in the organization.
“Hala Moddelmog brings a proven operational track record, demonstrated leadership with franchisees as well as a great passion for championing women’s issues and community engagement. After conducting a diligent internal and external search, the Board of Directors concluded that Moddelmog, a five-year breast cancer survivor, is the right leader as we approach our 25th anniversary in 2007,” said Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., who serves as Chairman of the Board for the Komen Foundation.
Moving the Organization Forward
“It is a great honor to accept this position as CEO of the Komen Foundation,” said Moddelmog. “It is my intention to bring the operational excellence and business leadership that contributed to my achievements at some of the largest and well-regarded global brands to one of the most successful and recognized non-profit organizations in the nation. I approach this new challenge as the most significant of my lifetime, and plan to build upon the great work of my predecessors to find a way to eradicate this disease. I will use my passion and insight to move this prestigious organization to even higher levels of excellence.”
“I started this organization as a promise to my dying sister, Suzy, to eradicate breast cancer. Almost 25 years later, 75,000 volunteers in 18,000 communities have made the same promise to their friends and family. As a result of this commitment, the Komen Foundation has touched every advancement to date in the fight against breast cancer,” said Nancy Brinker. “I look forward to working closely with Hala as we continue towards our urgent goal to find a cure for breast cancer. I will not rest until I have fulfilled my promise to Suzy and everyone affected by this disease.”
A Record of Career Achievement and Serving the Community
Moddelmog was most recently CEO of Catalytic Ventures LLC, a company she founded to invest and consult within the foodservice and franchising arenas. Prior to that, she had more than 20 years of executive leadership in the quick service restaurant industry, where she was president of Church’s Chicken, a division of publicly-traded AFC Enterprises, making her the first woman to lead a global foodservice brand.
Throughout the foodservice industry, Moddelmog has been credited with refining Church’s highly successful business model focusing on great-tasting menu items sold at low prices to loyal customers by strong franchisees. The brand includes more than 1,500 locations in the U.S. and 15 countries worldwide with system sales of $1 billion. Church’s performance during her tenure not only strengthened the company’s brand and market position, but also was instrumental in AFC’s overall success.
She also created Church’s Professional Mentoring Program and spearheaded the company’s community outreach with Habitat for Humanity, the United Negro College Fund and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. She has also held leadership and marketing positions at Arby’s Franchise Association and BellSouth.
Moddelmog has served on the boards of Leadership Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Foundation, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Southern University Foundation, Women Looking Ahead magazine and other non-profits. She has received many honors, including the Women’s Foodservice Forum Emerging Leader Award, the International Franchise Association Bonny LeVine Award, the Restaurant Hospitality Rising Star Award and the Roundtable for Women in Foodservice Pacesetter Award. In 2003, she received the Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA of Greater Atlanta.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Georgia.
“I believe that Moddelmog shares my working philosophy and sense of urgency for the Komen Foundation as we work to find a cure for this disease,” said Brinker. “Her successful track record with franchisees, which is greatly applicable to the unique affiliate model of the Komen foundation, combined with a great understanding of business, makes her the right person at the right time to lead significant future advances of this first class organization.”
The Search Process
The selection comes after a global year-long search of more than 1,000 candidates conducted by Heidrick & Struggles and involving a committee of members from the Komen Board of Directors. The candidates represented a broad array of industries and a wide variety of functions, with deep expertise in leadership, management, marketing and growth.
“The Komen Foundation has been fortunate to have a long history of great leadership,” said Dr. Leffall. “Specifically, I’d like to thank Patrice Tosi, Komen’s acting CEO, and Susan Braun, Komen’s former CEO, for their guidance, significant contributions and long-term commitment. I also deeply appreciate the participation of our Board of Directors search committee to select a candidate to lead Komen to an exciting and productive future.”
About the Komen Foundation
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure(R) to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Through fiscal year 2005, the Komen Foundation, together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, has invested $630 million in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.
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