North Hollywood, CA, December 20, 2006—The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)—conducting research and providing education, advocacy and support for myeloma patients, families, researchers and physicians—announced today the promotion of David Smith to executive director, a newly created position. Mr. Smith previously served as the vice president of operations. As executive director, Mr. Smith's new responsibilities will encompass an expanded management role that oversees much of the day-to-day operations of the foundation as well as many key programs that serve the varied constituencies of the IMF.
"David has been a critical member of our team and has been instrumental in our outreach efforts domestically and internationally," said Susie Novis, president and co-founder of the International Myeloma Foundation. "David has made significant contributions in administering substantial grants and coordinating the participation of a ground-breaking multi-center research program involving DNA analysis to further the understanding of myeloma. He has demonstrated his expertise in management throughout his career, and we are pleased he will be taking on a greater role here."
Mr. Smith first joined the IMF in 2004, and has had responsibilities including accounting, banking, human resources management, publications, and research program administration. Prior to joining the IMF, he worked in medical affairs at Salick Health Care, Inc. Previously, he worked with clients of the Holistic AIDS Response Program at The Center of San Diego. Prior to that, he lived and worked in Mexico for many years. He has an MBA in international management from Thunderbird, The Garvin Graduate School of International Management and a BA in international studies from the University of Michigan.