American Lung Association CEO Announces Retirement

Washington, D.C. (February 29, 2012)

Charles D. Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association, announced today that he will retire, concluding his tenure at the organization in June.

Since 2008, Mr. Connor has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and earlier as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the Lung Association, he had a distinguished 25-year career in the Navy—retiring as captain—and subsequent senior communications positions at the Federal Judiciary and the American Red Cross.

Under Connor’s near five-years of valued leadership, the Lung Association and its charter organizations nationwide have made great strides in accomplishing the charity’s lifesaving mission: to improve lung health and prevent lung disease. Mr. Connor will continue his leadership of the organization through the end of June, assisting the board of directors in this leadership transition.

Albert Rizzo, M.D., Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association, said:

“On behalf of the board I want to thank Chuck for his devoted service to the American Lung Association. He effectively led the organization through the toughest economy in recent decades—and we are in a much better place today because of his commitment to our more than century-old public health charity. We wish Chuck a healthy and happy retirement.”

For more information, please contact Carrie Martin,, (571) 319_-3047.


About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases.  For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: