The search for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation’s (AAMI’s)  next president and CEO has narrowed to three finalists, and the search committee hopes to announce its final selection by early fall.

“The search process is moving along smoothly, and we have been impressed with the high caliber of candidates that we’ve interviewed,” says Phil Cogdill, chair of both the AAMI Board of Directors and the Executive Search Committee. “We are optimistic that we will have a great choice to announce this fall.”

Earlier this month, the search committee met with five candidates at the Washington, DC offices of Korn Ferry, a leading global executive recruitment firm that is coordinating the search for AAMI. After those interviews, the search committee culled the list to three individuals, and the next round of interviews is scheduled for mid-September.

Cogdill says the search committee hopes to make its final selection by early October. The goal is to have a new president and CEO on board by mid-to-late November, providing a one-month transition period with outgoing President and CEO Mary Logan.

Logan, who is only the second president and CEO in AAMI’s history, announced her plan to retire last November, saying she wanted to enjoy more time with her family and travel with her husband, John Stellberg, who is retiring at the same time. “I think I’ve been the right president for AAMI during a pivotal period in its history,” Logan says. “The time is right for a fresh perspective on how AAMI can continue to grow, serve its members, and set the standard for safe and effective healthcare technology.”

Among the qualities AAMI is looking for in its next president and CEO, as detailed in a position description:

  • A minimum of 15 years professional leadership experience in an organization of comparable size and scope
  • A track record for proactively addressing new opportunities and reacting to unanticipated crises or changes to the business environment that impact the organization and/or its stakeholders
  • An ability to effectively prioritize and balance a variety of issues and stakeholders

“As we did with Mary, we’re expecting a lot out of AAMI’s next leader,” says Cogdill, who is senior director of sterilization and microbiology at Medtronic. “Mary has done a terrific job in revitalizing AAMI, expanding its reach and recognition, and showcasing the vital work of standards in healthcare technology and patient safety. We want our next leader to build on Mary’s success and help us to reach new heights.”