After an extensive and rigorous search led by President-Elect, James E. Krebs, PE CCP FAACE and other members of the Board of Directors, AACE International is proud to announce that Debra Lally, CAE, has been named AACE International’s Executive Director/CEO to begin on July 28, 2020. Over 200 applications were received and reviewed, with a large number of interviews conducted. Ms. Lally was considered by everyone on the search committee to be the best person for the role.
The Board made this selection based on Ms. Lally’s extensive experience and professional achievements in association management. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Syracuse University and has held executive leadership roles with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, AHRA: The Association for Medical Imaging Management, and McKenna Management. She has an additional depth of experience in the publishing industry.
“Our conversations with Deb, convinced us she will do an excellent job of working with our wonderful headquarters staff, coordinating with the Board of Directors and other volunteers, and engaging with our members around the world,” President Christopher P. Caddell, PE CCP DRMP stated. “I am really excited about this next step for AACE and look forward to Deb helping us move forward in this changing world,” Caddell added.
Upon accepting the position, Ms. Lally noted, “I look forward to collaborating with AACE staff and leadership and building upon the organization's respected legacy. AACE and its members are well positioned for growth and success and I’m excited to be a part of the organization’s mission, community, and future development.”
Ms. Lally succeeds Charity Quick, CAE, who held the post for six years. She will be the eleventh executive director in AACE’s 64-year history. While the Headquarters office will still be in Morgantown, WV, Ms. Lally will be located in the Boston, MA area.