ASAE president passes away

American Society of Association Executives’s (ASAE) president and CEO John H Graham has passed away after an extended battle with cancer.

Graham was a transformative leader for ASAE and a mentor to many in the association community. During his tenure, which began August 1, 2003, ASAE more than doubled its membership and developed a wealth of innovative products and services to benefit association professionals and their partners.

John H Graham

Before ASAE, Graham served the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in Alexandria, Virginia, for 24 years, the last 13 as CEO. During his tenure as CEO, ADA quadrupled in size, from US$50 million to US$200 million in annual revenues and successfully moved from 53 independent, separately incorporated affiliate organisations to one nationwide organization with one staff, one budget and one plan.

Before joining ADA, Graham served the Boy Scouts of America for nine years. In May 2015, he was recognised by the Boy Scouts of America as a Distinguished Eagle Scout.

Graham also served on the Association Committee of 100, US Chamber of Commerce; as chairman of the Mobile Giving Foundation board of directors; on the board of directors of the Lambda Chi Alpha Foundation; and as president of the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The Graham family will hold a private service for him in Pennsylvania, and a memorial service in Washington, DC, will follow.

With Graham’s passing, the ASAE Board has announced that Susan Robertson will continue to serve as interim president and CEO of ASAE.

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