Leadership Changes at the World Hepatitis Alliance

27 Nov 2018 Chris Wingrove

It is with mixed emotions that the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA) and its Board announce that Raquel Peck has decided to step down as CEO as of January 2019. Raquel has been a core part of the WHA since its inception in 2007, assuming the role of CEO in 2014 and leading us to remarkable achievements during her tenure. While we will miss her day-to-day leadership, we are pleased that Raquel will continue working for WHA as a senior advisor, ensuring the organization continues to benefit from her strategic leadership and extensive experience.
We congratulate Raquel on her new role as an independent consultant, supporting the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and their goal to strengthen the science and technology that will make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of this century.
In her 11 years at the World Hepatitis Alliance, Raquel has been instrumental in leading the organization to reach important milestones through her vision, determination, and unwavering passion to make a difference for people living with viral hepatitis. She has been a champion of the patient voice and has played a prominent role in putting hepatitis elimination on the global health agenda.
Some of the significant accomplishments of the Alliance that Raquel has contributed to include: growing our membership to over 260 organizations from 80 countries, establishment of World Hepatitis Day as one of 4 disease-specific days recognized by World Health Organization (WHO), convening of World Hepatitis Summits in Glasgow and São Paulo, working with WHO to set targets for the Elimination of Viral Hepatitis by 2030, and launching the global NOhep movement, which includes more than 300 medical professional visionaries.
The Board is currently recruiting for a new CEO, and we have engaged several executive search firms to assist in finding the best person to lead the Alliance into its next chapter. We remain committed in our many partnership efforts, have a comprehensive strategy in place for 2018-2020, and are working closely with the staff to ensure strong operations at the Alliance. We have a dedicated and talented team, and Raquel will continue working with them part-time to assure a smooth leadership transition.

Please join me in thanking Raquel for her dedication and the profound impact she has had in the fight for a world free from viral hepatitis.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Michael Ninburg
President, World Hepatitis Alliance