Keystone Symposia CEO Search Announcement


Mary Jo Roal
Director, Diversity of Human Resources
Keystone Symposia on Molecular & Cellular Biology
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Yvonne M. Psaila
Director of Marketing & Communications
Keystone Symposia on Molecular & Cellular Biology
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Keystone Symposia CEO Jim Aiken to Retire; New CEO Search Launched

SILVERTHORNE, CO – May 20, 2013 – After ten years of service, Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology CEO Dr. James W. Aiken has announced his intent to retire in 2014. The scope and scale of Keystone Symposia have expanded significantly in the past decade, much of it under the leadership of Dr. Aiken. In partnership with the executive search firm of Korn/Ferry International, the organization has officially launched its global search for a new Chief Executive Officer.

The Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Symposia reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall success of the organization. The task of the next CEO is to continue the tradition of excellence that now spans more than four decades, while preparing the organization for the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Qualified candidates for the role should possess an M.D., Ph.D. or other doctoral degree and have senior-level research and administrative experience in one of the life science areas covered by Keystone Symposia’s conference programs. The candidate must be a highly respected scientist, have business acumen, exhibit sensitivity to a unique culture and have an appreciation for creative thinking and innovation. He/she must demonstrate the interpersonal skills that will assure successful relationship-building with a variety of external stakeholders, including government figures, donors and affiliated organizations that might bring additional philanthropy to Keystone Symposia.

Names of nominees can be submitted to Warren Ross, Ph.D., Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry, c/o Betsy Messina, Managing Associate (215.656.5359;; Korn/Ferry International, Suite 2000, Philadelphia, PA 19103). Nominations will be held in strict confidence.

Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, has been conducting internationally renowned, open scientific conferences since 1972 and has been headquartered in Summit County, Colorado since 1990, when the organization left the University of California at Los Angeles. Annually, Keystone Symposia holds more than 50 conferences involving more than 12,000 scientists from around the world and on topics ranging from cancer and cardiovascular disease to neuroscience and plant biology. Registration fees are supplemented by support from corporate, foundation and individual donors as well as government grants.

The organization celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012 and will convene 58 conferences in its 2013-2014 season. More information on Keystone Symposia can be found at