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ANA Enterprise CEO Weston Announces Resignation

Veronica Byrd, 301-628-5057

Rachel Farbman, 301-628-5062

SILVER SPRING, MD – After more than eight years of dedicated and visionary leadership, ANA Enterprise Chief Executive Officer Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, has announced her resignation, effective January 1, 2018.  

“We are indebted to Marla for her many years of stellar leadership, helping ANA gain the visibility and impact needed to be the premier organization for registered nurses, leading change and improving health for all,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “She has tirelessly led the Enterprise through bold transformative changes and guided us into new strategic directions.” 

Since becoming CEO in 2009, in partnership with the ANA Board of Directors, Dr. Weston had led the integration of three entities, the American Nurses Association, American Nurses Credentialing Center and American Nurses Foundation, into an enterprise; strengthened the membership recruitment and retention infrastructure resulting in high growth; enabled greater coordination and impact in ANA’s advocacy work; and sharpened ANA’s focus on the programs and services it offers to nurses. These changes have built a stronger ANA Enterprise through increased strategic alignment and operational efficiency. 

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as the ANA Enterprise CEO,” said Dr. Weston. “I am proud of how far the Enterprise has progressed and believe the time is right for me to step down. I remain deeply committed to and passionate about my profession and ANA. ” 

Dr. Weston will continue in her full-time role until the end of the year, and is committed to supporting a successful transition for the new CEO. The ANA Board of Directors will engage in a search process to select the next CEO.

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