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Board Chairman Russ Buchanan on Art Canter's Resignation

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 20, 2014
Originally posted on 5/17/2013

Dear ASAP Community,

I want to inform you of some major changes taking place in ASAP’s executive leadership. This week, our president and CEO Art Canter formally submitted his letter of resignation to me, effective May 31. Our vice chairman, Jack Pearson, will assume Art’s duties on an interim basis.

I want to thank Art for his invaluable contributions to ASAP. In more than five years under his leadership, ASAP has made tremendous strides as an association. We have introduced some of the most-utilized new member benefits in that time span--such as our media and publishing arm ASAP Media and its flagship quarterly publication Strategic Alliance Magazine. This year, we also released the latest, updated edition of The ASAP Handbook of Alliance Management: A Practitioner’s Guide, the only comprehensive compendium of state-of-the-art alliance management practices, principles, and professional standards.

During Art’s tenure, the ASAP Global Alliance Summit has further cemented itself as the profession’s premier conference for the highest-quality networking, programming, and professional development opportunities; it is by far the largest annual gathering of alliance management leaders and practitioners, and its attendance has nearly doubled while Art has served as president. Meanwhile, under his stewardship, we added the ASAP BioPharma Conference, which is now a must-attend event for biopharmaceutical professionals charged with alliance management responsibility.

I wish Art the best as he leaves to tend to family matters full-time. Our Executive Committee, in the meantime, has been fully engaged in making sure this transition goes smoothly. Jack has been an integral part of ASAP’s leadership for several years now and has been deeply involved in many of our most important initiatives. As one of the profession’s pioneers, he is very much in tune with the needs of our membership, and he will see to it that during this time of transition there will be zero drop-off in service to ASAP members. And where Art took ASAP to another level, an international search committee has been formed to find a replacement—someone with a forward-thinking vision and a proven track record of success—who will take our association to new heights.

Again, I give heartfelt thanks to Art for his service to ASAP. The association is in a strong position as he winds down his term as president and CEO, and we are poised for continued success and a prosperous future.


Russ Buchanan, CSAP ASAP Board Chairman

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