Derek Hodkey Joins Orbis As New President and CEO

September 2020

We’re delighted to announce that Derek Hodkey has been appointed to lead Orbis and our fight against avoidable blindness as our new President and CEO.

With 25 years working in health-related fields, Derek brings with him a wealth of leadership experience that spans across international development, R&D, life sciences, non-profit as well as in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors.

He joins the Orbis family from Counterpart International, an INGO that partners with leaders, organizations and social sector networks to build inclusive, sustainable communities. Before his role as Counterpart’s Chief Operating Officer, which he served for the past six years, Derek spent eight years at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

Derek Hodkey, Orbis CEO and President

We're thrilled to welcome our new President and CEO Derek Hodkey to the Orbis family

As a scientist, he began his career at Merck & Co, initially as a chemist, but went on to hold several roles over the next 12 years – including Director, Resource & Research Planning – before moving into a senior management position at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Cambridge Healthtech Associates Inc.

Derek holds an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Akron.

With his rich expertise in the health space and background leading global teams, Derek will help Orbis continue to push boundaries and transform lives through the treatment and prevention of blindness.

Kevin McAllister

Chairman, Orbis International

We are thrilled to have Derek join the Orbis team. His back­ground in sci­ence and health cou­pled with his oper­a­tional, finan­cial and fundrais­ing expe­ri­ence is a tremen­dous strength, and we look for­ward to watch­ing Derek lead Orbis into its next phase and con­tin­ue to change the way the world sees.
Orbis International Chairman, Kevin McAllister

Chairman, Kevin McAllister, looks forward to watching Derek lead us into the next stage

Derek Hodkey

President & CEO, Orbis International

For more than 25 years, I’ve worked in a health-relat­ed field, and the chance to come back to those roots and join Orbis is excit­ing. The orga­ni­za­tion has achieved great suc­cess­es, and I’m tru­ly look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this work to improve the qual­i­ty of life for those in great­est need, espe­cial­ly children.

His appointment follows the retirement of Bob Ranck, who led Orbis for over four years. We’d like to thank Bob for all his tremendous achievements overseeing significant innovations in the field of eye care.

And finally, a big congratulations to Derek on his new role leading Orbis into its next chapter. Welcome to the Orbis family!

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