Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) today announced the appointment of David Haworth, DVM, PhD, as its new president and CEO. Dr. Haworth will oversee the nonprofit’s efforts to advance health and welfare research that protects, treatments and cures companion animals, horses and wildlife worldwide.
Haworth is currently the director of global alliances for Pfizer Animal Health, a position he has held since 2008. He will officially join the foundation June 13.
“Dr. Haworth brings a diversity of experiences that include corporate partnership development, veterinary research, nonprofit oversight and clinical practice,” says Mark Carter, PhD, chair of MAF’s board of trustees. “MAF has experienced excellent growth over the past few years, and Dr. Haworth’s background and passion for animal health will help to move the organization into its next phase of growth and evolution.”
As president and CEO, Haworth will oversee a staff of 31, implement Morris Animal Foundation’s strategic plan, provide leadership in developing organizational and financial plans, actively support fundraising efforts and ensure that the foundation identifies and funds strategic research that produces significant outcomes to advance the health of companion animals and wildlife.
He replaces Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, who led the foundation from 2004 to 2010.
“Morris Animal Foundation has an incredibly strong and influential track record of funding important research that directly impacts the way we, as veterinarians, practice medicine,” Haworth says. “I am extremely excited to be selected to be a part of the team that has accomplished so much for animals. I’m also looking forward to interacting with donors, partners and all the others who share our belief that animals play a fundamental role in our lives and our world.”
Before his most recent position at Pfizer Animal Health, Haworth was director of clinical development at Pfizer Veterinary Medicine Research & Development from 2000 to 2008. He was also an associate veterinarian at a small animal and emergency clinic in Washington State. While at Pfizer he was on the board of directors for the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation.
He received his BS in biology from the College of William & Mary and his DVM and doctorate of philosophy from Colorado State University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Colorado State University’s Animal Cancer Center.
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