Gary M. Reedy has served as the CEO of the American Cancer Society since April 2015. Prior to his appointment, he served as a volunteer leader of the organization, where his focus on collaboration and results, and his drive to create the best American Cancer Society possible, helped transform the organization into one able to better deliver on its lifesaving mission.
Reedy has an outstanding history with the Society, having served as chair of the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors and as chair of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN) Board. He also led the Board’s advisory committee on transformation, a pivotal role for the organization’s recent restructuring work. He first joined the Society in 2000 as a member of the Board of Trustees of the former American Cancer Society Foundation. In recognition of his service, Reedy was elected as an Honorary Life Member of the Society in 2014.
Prior to taking the helm of the Society, Reedy had a distinguished 37-year career as a healthcare business and advocacy leader, most recently as worldwide vice president, government affairs and policy, at Johnson & Johnson, where he spearheaded initiatives to influence global health policy. He previously devoted over 25 years of his career to the business side of the industry, including senior leadership positions with SmithKline Beecham, Centocor and Johnson & Johnson. During his tenure at Johnson & Johnson, Reedy served as president of Ortho Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson company with annual revenues of more than $3 billion.
Reedy’s nonprofit experience includes current board appointments for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, and Emory & Henry College. He previously served on the C-Change board of directors, and was a charter member of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer.
As the Society’s top staff executive, Reedy provides leadership for Society volunteers and staff, marshalling their talent and enthusiasm toward the eradication of cancer. He leads the strategic direction and overall management of the organization with a $900 million annual budget, 2.5 million volunteers, 6,000 staff, and 11 geographic divisions. He works with the Society’s Board of Directors to establish the organization’s vision, and drive revenue and impact to achieve its lifesaving mission.
Reedy is a graduate of Emory & Henry College. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Atlanta, Georgia, and are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Katie and Stephanie.