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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Announces Appointment of New President and CEO
Date:4/10/2008

John Walter, with LLS Since 1995, Tapped to Steer the World's Largest

Organization Dedicated to Blood Cancer Research and Patient Services

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has appointed John Walter as its president and chief executive officer, with the task of leading the world's largest organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research as it strives to find cures and prolong and enhance the lives of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

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Walter, who has been with LLS since 1995, most recently as chief operating officer, succeeds Dwayne Howell, Ph.D., who retired in February.

"After conducting a nationwide search, the LLS Board of Directors agreed that John Walter was the best candidate to steer us as we move toward achieving our mission of curing blood cancers and improving the lives of patients and their families," said LLS Chairman David Frantze. "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a $300 million plus organization committed to identifying the best scientists in the world in the field of blood cancer research and providing the funding to help them find cures and better therapies. In John, we have somebody at the helm with the vision and leadership qualities to provide support for our patients in their journey dealing with these devastating diseases."

Walter started his career at LLS as senior vice president of finance and information technology, during which time he enhanced the efficiencies and internal controls of the organization by centralizing all finance and treasury operations in the United States and Canada. He also established LLS's information technology and Web functions.

He served as chief financial officer, and then, as executive vice president, strategic alliances and new business development he desi
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