NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 1, 2011—The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) announces the appointment to its Board of Directors of Mary Tydings, a Managing Director at Russell Reynolds Associates, one of the world’s largest executive recruiting and assessment firms. Tydings joins a diverse group of 16 directors from 10 countries with backgrounds in finance, vaccinology, international development, academia and HIV treatment and prevention, that oversees IAVI’s progress and shapes its long-term strategy.
A 20-year veteran of the executive search business, Tydings currently serves as the Not-For-Profit Global Sector Leader at Russell Reynolds Associates. In this role, she works with major national and international foundations, non-governmental organizations and cultural institutions to recruit chief executives and to advise directors on issues of governance, succession planning, executive transition and board structure. She has recruited leaders for some of the nation's largest foundations, as well as for leading non-profits in a variety of fields. Tydings plays a pivotal role in the firm, as she leads the Washington, D.C., office and has been a member of both the Executive and Investment Committees. Tydings also has received the firm’s highest honor, the President’s Award, which recognizes individuals of the highest caliber who embodied the firm’s values by focusing on teamwork, serving as a role model and nurturing a collaborative culture.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Mary to IAVI’s Board of Directors,” said Margaret McGlynn, IAVI’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “Her considerable experience in executive-level recruitment will no doubt be an important asset to the Board and to the organization as a whole. Her advice will be invaluable to our efforts to ensure that our human resource strategies effectively support our strategic plan and the needs of the organization at this important time in our evolution. I look forward to working closely with her to make certain that IAVI is well positioned to address the needs of the field and hasten progress toward the creation of an effective vaccine against HIV.”
“I am honored to be presented with the opportunity to serve on IAVI’s Board,” Tydings said. “I look forward to working with IAVI to continue the research needed to create a vaccine that prevents HIV. For more than 30 years, HIV has been a scourge that has infected more than 60 million people and claimed nearly 30 million lives, and I am excited to contribute to IAVI’s vision of a world without AIDS.”
Tydings began her career in journalism, spending several years as a reporter and editor for the Mutual Broadcasting System before joining the Larry King Show as a producer in 1981. While there, Tydings won a prestigious Peabody Award for her work on a segment highlighting the toll of teenage drinking and driving. She also worked in the White House during the Clinton administration in the Office of Presidential Personnel from 1992-1993. Tydings is a member of the Board of the Campaign for the Prevention of Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and she is a former president of the Joseph Davies Foundation, as well as a former member of the Board of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. She holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College.
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a global not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. Founded in 1996, IAVI works with partners in 25 countries to research, design and develop AIDS vaccine candidates. In addition, IAVI conducts policy analyses and serves as an advocate for the AIDS vaccine field. IAVI supports a comprehensive approach to addressing HIV and AIDS that balances the expansion and strengthening of existing HIV-prevention and treatment programs with targeted investments in the design and development of new tools to prevent HIV. IAVI is dedicated to ensuring that a future AIDS vaccine will be available and accessible to all who need it. IAVI relies on the generous donations from governments, private individuals, corporations and foundations to carry out its mission. For more information, see www.iavi.org.