Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada names David Sculthorpe as new CEO

OTTAWA, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) is pleased to announce it has named David Sculthorpe as its national chief executive officer.

Sculthorpe has served as CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (HSFO) since 2009.

A seasoned business leader, Sculthorpe has experience in both the entrepreneurial and corporate worlds.  He has held a variety of executive positions, including President at Warner Lambert, Cadbury Schweppes PLC and Pfizer and has been on all sides of mergers and acquisitions. He has overseen transitions and integrations and transformational change initiatives in Canada, South America and globally.

HSFC Chair, Irfhan Rawji said the Board of Directors unanimously approved the selection of Sculthorpe as the new national CEO based on his track record of leading complex organizations, as well as his strong executive and personal attributes.

"David is driven by the need for innovation, talent development and creating workplace cultures that inspire higher performance," says Rawji.  "The Heart and Stroke Foundation requires strong vision and David is uniquely qualified to provide that leadership.  As CEO of the HSFO, our organization's largest provincial foundation, during the past two years David has provided vital direction on national initiatives.  He is the right person for the job."

"Working with our staff and volunteers, I'm committed to doing everything I can to help reduce the devastating toll of heart disease and stroke," says Sculthorpe.  "It is a privilege to serve as national CEO of this organization."

Sculthorpe's accomplishments since joining the Foundation have been significant, including leading HSFO's more than 300 staff members and 50,000 volunteers through strategic change; delivering on financial targets for two consecutive years; supporting innovation with the successful launch of the HSFO Calendar Lottery in 2010 and exceeding the goal for the HSFO annual Ride for Heart, which galvanized 13,000 cyclists in raising $4.1 million for heart and stroke research.  Through his leadership, Sculthorpe also oversaw important advocacy work by engaging provincial partners to place more than 3,000 AEDs in Ontario resulting in 30 lives saved to date.  Under his direction, HSFO secured a $10 million investment from the Ontario government to support the placement of AEDs across the province.

Sculthorpe succeeds Bobbe Wood, who has served as interim CEO since October 2010.

Sculthorpe holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University, as well as a Master's of Science Degree in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University in California.

He is a devoted volunteer in his community working with a variety of local and national organizations spanning the environment, the arts, community health and education.  Sculthorpe was a past Board Member of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society; a founding Board Member and now Chair of the Board of PREVnet, a national network committed to stop bullying in Canada; Vice-Chair of the Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto, Board Member of Crescent School, and Past Chair of the Queen's University School of Business Advisory Board, where he was very involved in the creation of its strategic plan and major gift fundraising.

Sculthorpe lives with his wife Pat and three children in Toronto. He enjoys cycling, skiing, the arts, travel and his farm in Port Hope.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke, reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.

More information is available on line at: www.heartandstroke.ca


For further information:

Eileen Melnick McCarthy
Heart and Stroke Foundation
613.569 4361 ext.318

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