Cathy Gates named as ACC’s new CEO

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Cathy Gates

Cathy Gates has been named as the new CEO of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), effective immediately. Gates has been serving as interim CEO of the ACC since April.

“We are excited to have Cathy take the helm of the College as we continue to navigate these turbulent and unprecedented times,” said ACC president Athena Poppas. “Her long history with the ACC, coupled with her proven leadership skills and a rare combination of financial acumen, operational insights and consensus building, will ensure the College is able to rise and overcome today’s challenges, while also preparing for the future.”

Gates has held a number of roles within ACC, including interim CEO, chief operating officer, chief financial officer and chief people officer. She also spearheaded the ACC’s move from its Heart House headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, to Washington; and served as executive sponsor for the College’s first diversity and inclusion program.

“Out of hundreds of candidates who responded to our nationwide search over the last six months, Cathy clearly rose to the top,” said ACC Immediate Past President Richard Kovacs who chaired the CEO Search Committee. “She brings a unique skillset that is in line with ACC’s Core Values of teamwork, collaboration, professionalism, excellence and a commitment to patient-centred care. Her unwavering commitment to the College’s mission and its more than 54,000 members and 500 staff will no doubt serve us well, both now and into the future.”

Prior to joining the College, Gates supervised financial and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting for three publicly held real estate investment trusts. She also served as a Certified Public Accountant at Ernst and Young, where her client focus was health care and real estate.

“As we navigate these difficult times, it is critical that we continue to look toward the horizon,” Gates said. “I look forward to leading the College and working with our outstanding members and staff as we continue to find ways to help cardiovascular professionals around the world optimise cardiovascular care and improve patient outcomes, especially as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise. At the same time, I am excited by the opportunities to tangibly address diversity, equity and inclusion in the cardiovascular community and find ways to harness innovation and collaborate with stakeholders across the health care spectrum to ensure we are well positioned to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health for years to come.”


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