Mark Wilson appointed new CEO of The Cochrane Collaboration
The Cochrane Collaboration is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Wilson as its new Chief Executive Officer
Oxford, UK (7 Sep 2012) In welcoming Mark, Jonathan Craig and Jeremy Grimshaw, Co-Chairs of the Collaboration’s Board of Trustees, say, “Mark is a highly skilled and experienced manager of complex organisations and international operations involving multi-cultural teams, strategic thinking and policy-making, organisational planning and implementation. As his background indicates, he shares the ethos and values of the Collaboration, and we look forward to his leadership of our organisation.”
Mark joins the Collaboration with extensive leadership experience at the highest levels in international humanitarian and development organisations, including the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, where he became Chef de Cabinet and the organisation’s Head of Planning. Previously he had been Head of Delegation in Mozambique, and managed the Federation’s humanitarian operations in the Balkans during the Kosovo War, from 1998-9.
Mark was previously Executive Director of Panos London, part of a global network of institutes that aims to ensure information is effectively used to foster public debate, pluralism and democracy. He is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the International Institute for Strategic Studies; he holds Masters degrees in International Politics, Soviet and East European Studies, Management, and Journalism. As a former journalist in London and Hong Kong, and Communications Director of the Swiss-based Business Council for Sustainable Development, he is an experienced commentator on international economics, business and politics.
Of his appointment, Mark says, “The Cochrane Collaboration is a recognised leader in its field with a global reputation for the quality and integrity of its work in promoting evidence-based health care. I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to lead the Collaboration and to work with staff and volunteers around the world in building on the organisation’s dynamic growth over nearly two decades, and expanding its influence and impact in future.”
Mark is based at the Cochrane Operations Unit in the UK and started in post on 12 November 2012. He also attended the 2012 Cochrane Colloquium (Auckland, New Zealand, 30 Sep - 3 Oct 2012).
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