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Statement by Autism Speaks Leadership on 2016 Transition Plans

September 28, 2015

New York, NY – Autism Speaks today announced that Liz Feld has shared with the Board of Directors she intends to serve as President of the organization through June 2016. Feld has issued the following statement below.

“When I was named President of Autism Speaks, I committed to serving until 2016. Our primary goal every single day has been to support people and families impacted by autism. They have been the singular motivation behind all of our work in awareness, advocacy, science, and family services. I am proud to be part of a dedicated team that is guided by such an important mission and am grateful to Bob and Suzanne Wright, whose vision and passion inspired me to join Autism Speaks.  It is a privilege to experience Chairman Brian Kelly's professional guidance and leadership.  

 I am making this announcement now in the interest of providing the Board of Directors and the organization the opportunity for a responsible and successful leadership transition. I remain focused on ensuring solid success for our critical projects and initiatives in the months ahead.”

Brian Kelly, Chairman of the Autism Speaks Board of Directors, echoed the sentiment with his comments below.

“Liz and I have worked together since she joined Autism Speaks in 2012. As Board Chairman, I have seen up close the level of commitment she brings to our mission,” said Kelly. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am grateful for Liz’s leadership. We will continue to partner on the strategic priorities and work of the organization throughout this transition.”

Autism Speaks Board of Directors has retained Spencer Stuart, a global executive search and leadership consulting firm, to conduct a search for the organization’s next president.