Ann M. Palmer

President & CEO, Arthritis Foundation

September 23, 2013 

Ann Palmer, President and CEO, Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation announces the appointment of Ann M. Palmer as president and CEO of the national organization, headquartered in Atlanta. Effective today, Palmer will lead the Foundation in its commitment to finding a cure and ending arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Palmer succeeds Dr. John H. Klippel, who retired in August.

Palmer is widely regarded for 30 years of leadership and success in voluntary health agencies, including the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and most recently, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where she was senior vice president of field management.

During the last 12 years at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Palmer led volunteers and staff in 80 offices across the country and was responsible for $120 million of net revenue. Earlier, she served in regional vice president roles at both the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society.

“I am exceedingly proud to have the opportunity to lead a team of passionate and committed volunteers and staff to address the needs and challenges of those with arthritis,” said Palmer.

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Palmer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education.

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