International Osteoporosis Foundation appoints new senior officers

IOF announces Patrice McKenney as Chief Executive Officer; Judy Stenmark as Chief Operating Officer.
IOF CEO Patrice McKenney; IOF COO Judy Stenmark

IOF President John A. Kanis today announced the appointment of two new officers to manage and head IOF’s operational, strategic and representational activities, effective January, and February, 2009.

As the world’s only global organization dedicated to osteoporosis awareness, education and advocacy, IOF functions as an alliance of patient, medical and research societies, scientists, health care professionals, and international companies concerned about bone health. Since its foundation in 1998, IOF’s membership has almost tripled in size, and its projects and programme areas have expanded significantly in both number and scope.

Speaking on behalf of the IOF Executive Committee, IOF President John Kanis said, “We are delighted to have two dynamic and experienced professionals at the helm of IOF. The Foundation will profit from their proven leadership qualities, valuable international experience and solid record as results-oriented managers in the bone health field. Under their guidance, IOF will be well placed to meet its commitments to members while strategically expanding its global programs that build on a strong reputation for scientific expertise.”

The announcement comes following the resignation of past IOF CEO Daniel Navid in October 2008. Mr. Navid, who continues as a senior consultant of IOF while pursuing other interests, oversaw the management of the Foundation during a period of remarkable growth in the past eight years.

IOF Chief Executive Officer Patrice McKenney is a commercial lawyer with long-term experience in the management and representation of non-profit scientific and medically oriented organizations. She was formerly Executive Director of the International Bone and Mineral Society (2004-2008), as well as Executive Director of the International Society for Experimental Hematology (ISEH) and the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ACOMS). In addition to her past position as a commercial attorney, Ms. McKenney worked as senior administrator for a non-profit healthcare facility in Palermo, Italy from 2000-2003 and has been a regular panelist on a weekly radio program in Washington, DC since 2003.

IOF Chief Operating Officer Judy Stenmark, formerly Chair of IOF's Committee of National Societies, is the former Chief Executive Officer of Osteoporosis Australia (from 2000 to 2008). Ms. Stenmark oversaw the growth of Osteoporosis Australia from a start-up organization with no funding or staff, to its position today as a leading non-profit osteoporosis patient organization which plays a key role in public education and national advocacy. Ms. Stenmark also has past experience as a senior physiotherapist, education services manager, and health writer/consultant.