American Geophysical Union taps new Executive Vice Presidents, announces restructuring of senior team

23 January 2018


WASHINGTON, DC— The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has promoted Brooks Hanson to Executive Vice President (EVP) of Science and tapped Janice Lachance to join the organization as Executive Vice President (EVP) of Strategic and Operational Excellence.

In the newly created position, Hanson will continue to oversee AGU Publications, where he served as Vice President of Publications and previously Director of Publications since 2013. Hanson has been active in the Earth and space science community for 35 years as an AGU member, author, presenter at meetings, and in roles at Science prior to joining AGU. The new position will expand and ensure coordination across the major AGU science programs such as Meetings, Thriving Earth Exchange, Ethics, and more, by enlarging the role of the Council as scientific leaders, accelerating AGU’s leadership in the evolution of scientific data, and emphasizing science and scientific integrity across the organization, staffing, and programming.

Lachance assumes the position of EVP of Strategic and Operational Excellence after serving as Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) since the departure of the previous COO Frank Krause in July 2017. She brings an extensive record of executive leadership accomplishments and board service in membership and government organizations, having served as CEO of the Special Libraries Association for more than 10 years, and in the Cabinet of former President Bill Clinton. In this capacity, Lachance will oversee Finance, Human Resources, Information Services, the Executive Office, Governance and Leadership Development, and Affiliation and Engagement. She will coordinate strategic initiatives and lead AGU’s international strategy and building renovation project.

“Brooks and Janice are not only strong advocates for science but bring years of experience and excellence to their new roles at AGU,” said Chris McEntee, Executive Director and CEO of AGU. “The restructuring places AGU in a stronger position to continue to build our visibility and collaboration among our own programs and with other scientific societies and external stakeholders, and to expand AGU’s influence on behalf of Earth and space science.”

The newly created EVP positions will share executive oversight with AGU’s Executive Director and CEO Christine McEntee. As part of the restructuring Mike Andrews will assume the role of Senior Vice President (SVP) of Human Resources, in addition to serving as Chief Financial Officer. AGU’s senior team also includes Cammie Kovalick, SVP, Information, Project and Conference Services; Dana Rehm, SVP, Marketing, Communications and Digital Media; Tracy LaMondue, Vice President (VP), Development; Artesha Moore, VP, Affiliation, Engagement and Members; Lauren Parr, VP, Meetings; Lexi Shultz, VP, Public Affairs; Billy Williams, VP, Ethics; Patty Yaya, VP, Employee Engagement and Development, as well as the open VP, Publications position; Victoria Forlini, Director, Executive Office; and Cheryl Enderlein, Director, Governance/Leadership.

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