Harold Wimmer has been appointed the president and CEO of the American Lung Association (ALA). Wimmer formerly served as president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. He will assume his new role on February 1, 2013.
“The American Lung Association is extremely pleased to have someone with Mr. Wimmer’s depth of experience and skills in nonprofit management to lead our national organization,” said Ross Lanzafame, chairman of the American Lung Association National Board of Directors. “Mr. Wimmer’s 34 years with the Lung Association, in a variety of leadership roles, along with his extensive public health background make him uniquely equipped to lead our historic organization into the future.”
Wimmer played a key role in the process to merge seven states into what is now the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, where he has served as president and CEO since its creation in 2005. The ALAUM is the largest region in the nation and operates under a $21.9M budget. Wimmer was also the driving force behind the creation of the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine, a toll-free resource serving the entire country, staffed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists and tobacco cessation specialists who assist callers with lung health issues and tobacco cessation guidance.