Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Welcomes New Executive Vice President of Communications, Advocacy, and Development
June 17, 2010
Contact: Stephanie Bowen
Director of Media Relations
Philip O’Brien to Provide Strategic Leadership on External Relations
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is pleased to announce that Philip O’Brien will be joining its senior leadership team as of October 1, 2010, as the executive vice president of communications, advocacy, and development. This new and critically important position will provide strategic leadership around the Foundation’s global advocacy, communications, marketing, and resource development priorities.
“As the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation begins its third decade with the goal to eliminate pediatric AIDS, it is critical that we most effectively align ourselves with the right partners and political commitments, to continually advocate for increased resources, and to provide the most effective and proven interventions to the children and mothers we serve,” said Charles Lyons, President and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. “I am thrilled that Philip O’Brien has accepted this challenge. His long and storied career has been instrumental in bringing about important progress for the health and well-being of children around the world and we are lucky to have him join our efforts to eliminate pediatric HIV and AIDS.”
O’Brien has been working on behalf of children, women, and families in the developing world for more than 35 years, and brings a wealth of experience that will not only strengthen the Foundation’s existing efforts, but also provide a vision to its external initiatives.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to help advance the Foundation’s mission,” said O’Brien. “Preventing pediatric HIV is achievable, and is a key concept of reaching the Millennium Development Goals to reduce maternal and child mortality around the world.”
O’Brien currently serves as the director of private fundraising and partnerships with UNICEF, supporting their advocacy and funding work through 36 national independent affiliates, which together, provide more than $900 million from private sources for UNICEF’s global work. O’Brien provides guidance and support in areas of fundraising, child rights advocacy, governance, communications, and brand building. Some of O’Brien’s additional positions with UNICEF have included chief of health and nutrition, Bangladesh; chief of operations and UN humanitarian coordinator, Operation Lifeline, Sudan; regional director, Central and Eastern Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic States; and director, Regional Office for Europe. O’Brien also spent nearly 15 years with Concern Worldwide, working in Bangladesh, Yemen, and Tanzania. He is a native of Ireland.
O’Brien will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, with frequent visits to the United States and the Foundation’s program sites throughout Africa.
About the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, working in 17 countries to implement prevention, care, and treatment; to further advance innovative research; and to execute strategic and targeted global advocacy activities to bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide.