Harold Wimmer Leads the American Lung Association as President and CEO

Washington, D.C. (February 4, 2013)

The American Lung Association welcomes Harold Wimmer as its National President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Wimmer has served as President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, serving Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. He led the fundraising, mission work, strategic planning and positioning of this leading voluntary public health organization in this region, and will now lead the organization nationwide.

"I am looking forward to strengthening the position of the American Lung Association as the leading health authority on lung disease," said Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association.

Mr. Wimmer began his career with the American Lung Association of Illinois 34 years ago. Following the merger of the Illinois and Iowa Lung Associations, Mr. Wimmer served as their CEO for 15 years. He was a key part of the process to merge seven states into what is now the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, which he has served as President and CEO since its creation.

In his tenure as CEO of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, Mr. Wimmer was able to achieve delivering 88 percent of every dollar to programs and services, reaching more than two million people per year. His work in corporate and government partnership development resulted in increased revenue for the nationwide organization, and he provided the strategic leadership required to pass comprehensive smokefree laws in six of the seven Upper Midwest states.

Mr. Wimmer was also the driving force behind the creation of the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine, which is headquartered in Springfield, Ill., but serves the entire nation. The Helpline is staffed by Registered Nurses, Registered Respiratory Therapists and Tobacco Cessation Specialists who assist callers all over the nation with lung health issues and tobacco cessation guidance.

Mr. Wimmer's complete bio is available at www.Lung.org.

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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: www.Lung.org.