American Diabetes Association Announces Leadership Transition


Michelle Kirkwood

Arlington, Virginia
March 17, 2017

CEO Kevin L. Hagan Announces Plans to Leave the Association; Former Board Member Martha Clark to Serve as Interim CEO 

The American Diabetes Association announces today the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Kevin L. Hagan and the appointment of former member of the National Board of Directors Martha Clark as Interim CEO. Clark’s last day on the Board was March 16. She will serve as Interim CEO until a national search for the next CEO is completed and the new CEO is in place. Hagan will remain with the Association through March 31 to support the leadership transition. 

“I have been honored to help lead the Association and its incredibly important work through some significant challenges,” said Hagan. “I believe now is a great time to bring in a fresh perspective to lead the Association into the next era.”

“Under Kevin’s leadership, we have put in place a new strategic plan and operating model that will help us better fulfill our mission and meet the needs of the people we serve,” said Dave DeMarco, Association Board Chair. “We are grateful for his leadership through those changes. The implementation of the strategic plan Kevin helped create will have an important and positive impact on the future of the Association and our work. Martha Clark is uniquely positioned to serve as interim CEO because she has worked alongside Kevin and the executive team during the last several months as we have planned for the future.”

“For most of my life I have lived with type 1 diabetes, so the work of this Association is personal for me and my family,” said Clark. “That is why I am so passionate about the people who work for the Association and those we serve. I am firmly committed to the strategic plan and the operating model we have begun to implement because they are the keys to expanding the Association’s future impact.”

The Board will begin the search for the Association’s next Chief Executive Officer. The Board expects that search to be complete by the end of 2017.

“We are committed to finding the best leader for the future of the Association,” continued DeMarco. “With so many lives being impacted by diabetes and its complications, the Association’s work is more critical than ever. We are confident in the Association’s new direction and our focus to continue driving discoveries that will help prevent and cure diabetes; raise voice on behalf of those living with diabetes – advocating on their behalf; and support people by providing programs, products and service that will improve their lives.”

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)