Published 10/1/2016

Academy CEO Karen Hackett Announces Her Retirement

Karen L. Hackett, FACHE, CAE, announced that she will retire from her position as chief executive officer (CEO) of the AAOS, after 14 years at the helm, effective April 14, 2017.

Throughout her tenure, Ms. Hackett has overseen a number of major developments at the Academy, including the opening of the new Orthopaedic Headquarters in Rosemont, Ill., in 2015. She has worked directly with the AAOS Board of Directors and executive management team to oversee a staff of 250 employees and manage an annual budget of $60 million.

"Karen's leadership has been instrumental to the Academy's success and growth," said AAOS President Gerald R. Williams Jr, MD. "Thanks to her bold vision, valuable insight, and exceptional dedication, the Academy has created educational programming and new initiatives that continue to support and champion our members, all while navigating unprecedented change in the healthcare arena."

The AAOS Board of Directors has retained the executive search firm Korn Ferry to lead the search for a new CEO.

"I have been so proud to be the CEO of an organization representing such a devoted, dedicated, and driven group of physicians," said Ms. Hackett. "I thank the AAOS Board of Directors, volunteers, members, and staff for the opportunity to serve this dynamic organization."