BERKELEY, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 17, 2015) - Global Healing, a leading nonprofit organization providing resource-constrained health systems around the world with modern medical equipment, supplies and training, today announced the selection of John J. Donnelly, III, Ph.D., as its next president and chief executive officer, effective Nov. 1. Donnelly, who brings more than 25 years of experience in global vaccine research and development, will replace Luke Ifland, who has served as president since October 2010.

Before joining Global Healing, Donnelly held positions of increasing responsibility at Merck, Chiron, and Novartis Vaccines, and was a key contributor to the successful development of numerous vaccines. Most recently, Donnelly served as interim director of the Vaccine Development Global Program at a leading NGO that specializes in global health innovation, overseeing projects to increase the availability of low-cost vaccines for children in developing countries. Donnelly received his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He also holds a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College and retired at the rank of Brigadier General from the U.S. Army Reserve, where he served for 30 years as a medical service corps officer.

"John embodies Global Healing's guiding principles, having dedicated his career to ensuring that populations around the world have access to life-saving medicine," said Amy Cook, Global Healing's board chair. "His wealth of knowledge in the field of global medicine and his experience managing a large development organization position our organization to move into its next stage of growth and expand our impact through sustainable care worldwide."

About Global Healing
Global Healing is a US-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to sustainably improving the quality of health care worldwide by providing modern medical equipment, supplies and training to medical professionals in resource-constrained countries. Established in 1994, Global Healing currently has active programs in seven countries implementing technical assistance and medical technology programs to improve quality and accessibility of health care for local populations. More information can be found at

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