DENVER (May 12, 2011)—Morris Animal Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of David Haworth, DVM, PhD, as its new president and CEO. Haworth will oversee the 62-year-old nonprofit’s efforts to advance health and welfare research that protects, treats and cures companion animals, horses and wildlife worldwide.
Haworth will officially join the Foundation June 13, relocating his family from Kalamazoo, Mich. He will be leaving his current role as the director of global alliances for Pfizer Animal Health, a position he has held since 2008.
“”Dr. Haworth brings a diversity of experiences that include corporate partnership development, veterinary research, nonprofit oversight and clinical practice,”” said Mark Carter, PhD, chair of Morris Animal Foundation’s board of trustees. “”Morris Animal Foundation has experienced excellent growth over the past few years, and Dr. Haworth’s background and passion for animal health will help to move the organization into its next phase of growth and evolution.””
As president and CEO, Haworth will oversee a staff of 31, implement Morris Animal Foundation’s strategic plan, provide leadership in developing organizational and financial plans, actively support fundraising efforts and ensure that the Foundation identifies and funds strategic research that produces significant outcomes to advance the health of companion animals and wildlife. He replaces Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, who led the Foundation from 2004 to 2010.
“”Morris Animal Foundation has an incredibly strong and influential track record of funding important research that directly impacts the way we, as veterinarians, practice medicine,”” Haworth said. “”I am extremely excited to be selected to be a part of the team that has accomplished so much for animals. I’m also looking forward to interacting with donors, partners and all the others who share our belief that animals play a fundamental role in our lives and our world.””
Prior to his most recent position at Pfizer Animal Health, Haworth held various other positions with the organization, including director of clinical development at Pfizer Veterinary Medicine Research & Development from 2000 to 2008. He was also an associate veterinarian at a small animal and emergency clinic in Washington State. While at Pfizer he was on the board of directors for the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
He received his bachelor of science in biology from the College of William & Mary and his doctorate of veterinary medicine and doctorate of philosophy from Colorado State University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer Center.