FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Philanthropist Edward W. Scott Jr. Steps Down as Founding Board Chair of Friends of the Global Fight
Co-founder and CEO of Getty Images, Jonathan Klein, Named Interim Chair
Washington, D.C., September 1, 2011 — Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that business executive and philanthropist Edward W. Scott Jr. is stepping down from his role as Chair of its Board of Directors and has been named Chair Emeritus. Scott, founder and previous President of BEA Systems, Inc., created Friends in 2004 to be a critical advocate in the U.S. for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the world’s largest global health financier. Friends long-time Board member Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images, Inc., will serve as interim Board Chair.
“Ed’s vision, passion and support have contributed immeasurably to the work of improving health and lives in the world’s poorest countries,” said Natasha Bilimoria, President of Friends. “Since Ed founded Friends seven years ago, U.S. support for the Global Fund has more than doubled. And because the Global Fund leverages every $1 from the U.S. into more than $2 from donors worldwide, Ed’s impact on global health has been truly exponential. Friends is sincerely grateful to Ed for his generosity and foresight.”
Mr. Scott has been an active and engaged philanthropist working to fight global poverty for more than a decade. In addition to Friends, he also founded and Chairs the Center for Global Development and the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty and co-founded DATA, now the ONE Campaign. Mr. Scott also serves on the Board of U.S. Global Leadership Council (USGLC) as well as other organizations supporting global issues.
“I founded Friends because the Global Fund’s lifesaving work needed a strong champion in the United States,” said Mr. Scott. “Friends has exceeded expectations, becoming a powerful advocate and the go-to source in the U.S for clear, accurate and objective information about the Global Fund. It’s been an honor to have participated in the growth and achievements of Friends over the past seven years.”
Incoming interim Chair Jonathan Klein is an outspoken advocate on global health issues, who also serves on the Board of Directors for Grassroots Soccer and the Corporate Advisory Board of GBC Health. “Friends has proved itself a leader in the global health community,” said Mr. Klein. “I am eager to continue Ed’s great work that Natasha and her team carry through so effectively. I look forward to taking a more involved role with Friends, expanding the Board and working to meet the needs of the Global Fund in this extremely challenging budget environment.”
In addition to this change in leadership, founding Board member Adam Waldman, President of the Endeavor Group, is stepping down after seven years of service to the organization.
“Ed and Adam created and executed the blueprint to ensure Friends is a smart, strategic advocate for global health, and both have been strong stewards of the organization throughout its rapid growth,” said Ms. Bilimoria. “While they will be missed, their vision will continue to be a part of Friends as it moves into its next phase.”
FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA
Friends of the Global Fight works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision makers to support the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.TheGlobalFight.org.