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Welcome to new ACS CEO

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Karen E. Knudsen as the new Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

Dr. Knudsen makes history as the first woman CEO and first scientific researcher to lead ACS since 1945. Holding a PhD in biological sciences, she has been the executive vice president of Oncology Services at Thomas Jefferson University and enterprise director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center as well as serving in leadership roles for the top cancer organizations in the country.

"I share the Board of Directors' vision to ensure that ACS’s impact benefits all people throughout the nation. With creativity, innovation, and novel partnerships, we will accelerate the mission and save lives."

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