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Drug Information Association (DIA) names new worldwide executive director

The Drug Information Association (DIA) has announced the hiring of Paul Pomerantz, MBA, CAE, as its new worldwide executive director.

Paul will transition from his current position as executive vice president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) to DIA worldwide executive director, effective December 1, 2009. Pomerantz replaces William Brassington, MBA, who has served as acting executive director since July 2008. Brassington will resume his role as worldwide director of finance at DIA.

Pomerantz will direct DIA’s global operations and strategic expansion.

‘This is a changing time for the biopharmaceutical and healthcare community. I’m excited to work with DIA members and constituents to strengthen and expand educational programs and services and advance its global presence and mission. With the growing attention to quality, access and cost of safe medications, DIA can increasingly play a significant role in improving healthcare worldwide,’ explains Pomerantz.

‘Paul comes to DIA with a proven track record of successfully leading global member-driven associations, developing quality education programs, building coalitions and alliances, and opening doors to new relationships,’ says DIA Board of Directors President Dr Jeffrey Sherman. ‘Reinforcing our strong relationships with global regulatory agencies, industry and academic professionals, and patient groups is vital to our mission of optimizing global drug development.’

As executive vice president at ASPS, an association of 7000 reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgeons, Pomerantz was responsible for the association’s health policy and advocacy initiatives, education and research programs, membership services, communications, and the finance, administration, human resources, and information technology departments. In addition, he recently (2008–2009) served as chair of the board of ASAE’s Center for Association Leadership. From 1997–2002, Pomerantz was executive director for the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), an international society representing specialty of radiology that uses image guidance to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures. Before SIR, Pomerantz served as executive director for the Clinical Laboratory Management Association, assistant vice president for the Medical College of Pennsylvania, executive director for Maxicare Philadelphia, and deputy director for the U.S. Public Health Service.

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