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John Walter  

President and CEO, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

John Walter has been president and CEO of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since 2008. He oversaw the launch of a branding platform explaining how LLS is changing the landscape of cancer. Walter also helped guide the expansion of LLS's venture philanthropy approach to accelerate new and better treatments to blood cancer patients. He joined LLS in 1995 as senior vice president of finance and information technology; in that role, he enhanced efficiencies by centralizing finance and treasury operations in North America. Later, as executive vice president of strategic alliances and new business development, he designed and implemented LLS's co-pay assistance program, which has provided more than $160 million to help blood cancer patients with their insurance premiums and drug co-pays. Walter came to LLS from the March of Dimes. Previously he worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he had broad international experience in operational auditing.

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