John E. Courtney

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"During his tenure as the Chief Executive, Courtney has developed innovative programs in education & professional development, launched new nutrition publications and expanded activities and services to 72 countries around the world. During this unprecedented level of growth for the society, ASN revenue has more than doubled, membership has increased by over 90%, and ASN has become a central resource where policymakers, government funders and thought leaders go to get the latest information on nutrition research and practice. ASN publishes the number one and number two ranked journals in the field, holds the largest nutrition science annual meeting in world, and is a leader in nutrition public policy and advocacy.

"Dr. Courtney has over twenty years of executive level experience in leading organizations and is concurrently a member of the faculty of the University of Maryland University College, one of the largest universities in the United States.

"Dr. Courtney also serves on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of US Pharmacopeia, the world's largest pharmaceutical standards setting organization that seeks to improve the health of people around the world through public standards and related programs that help to ensure the quality, safety and benefit of medicines and food.

"Prior to his current position at ASN, Dr. Courtney was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Clinical Research Forum and the Clinical Research Foundation. The Clinical Research Forum was formed in 1996 to discuss the unique and complex challenges to clinical research in academic health centers. The primary activities of the forum were to convene the top leaders in the clinical research community that together invested over $100 billion annually to fund medical research in the areas of prevention, treatment, and the cures for disease. Through its activities, the Forum enabled the sharing of best practices in clinical research and played an important national advocacy role in support of the broader interests and needs of clinical research community. During Dr. Courtney's tenure, revenue increased by 168% and membership in the Forum increased 130%. The Forum's members received over 65% of the total 2004 NIH extramural awards to medical centers and include 31 of the top 33 NIH university grantee institutions and the top 8 independent domestic hospitals.

"Dr. Courtney previously held the position of Chief Staff Officer/Chief Financial and Administrative Officer with the American Diabetes Association and related affiliates The American Diabetes Association Research Foundation, The American Diabetes Advocacy Association, and the American Diabetes Association Property Title Holding Company. The American Diabetes Association is a leading organization with $215 million in revenue annually to fund research, education, and public awareness to cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Dr. Courtney played a leading role at ADA whereby revenues increased over 79% from $120m to over $215m by focusing on new advocacy, information, and research programs, by upgrading member and volunteer recruitment, and focusing on high net margin fundraising activities. Dr. Courtney was a strong advocate for expanding programs to those who suffer or are at risk of developing diabetes. Advocacy funding increased by more than 300% and research for a cure grew by more than 100% during his leadership tenure. ADA held the largest annual diabetes meeting in the world with over 18,000 attendees that generated over $8 million in net income.

"Prior to joining ADA, Dr. Courtney was the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of a start-up international grant-making organization that grew to $45 million annually under his leadership which funded science and technological ventures in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and in Europe. "[1]


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  1. American Society for Nutrition Officer, organizational web page, accessed April 24, 2014.