Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
Gary M. Reedy has served as CEO of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network since April 2015. He also serves as CEO of the American Cancer Society, the world’s largest voluntary health organization and the parent organization of ACS CAN.
Reedy has a long history with ACS CAN and the Society, having served as chair of both the ACS CAN Board of Directors and the Society Board of Directors. He led the Society Board advisory committee on transformation, a pivotal role that oversaw the organization’s nationwide restructuring. 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.
Reedy brings a deep understanding of the importance of advocacy leadership to ACS CAN as a result of his distinguished 37-year career as a healthcare business and advocacy leader. Before taking the helm of ACS CAN and the Society, Reedy was worldwide vice president, government affairs and policy, at Johnson & Johnson, where he spearheaded initiatives to influence global health policy and interacted with government officials around the globe. He previously devoted more than 25 years of his career to the business side of the healthcare 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 service on the boards of 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.
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.
ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.