CEOs in New England Unite to Fight Cancer

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Cancer affects everyone in some way, ultimately having a major impact on the workplace. The estimated cost of cancer will be more than $263 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity in the United States in 2013. And with an aging population, health care spending is expected to rise 25% by 2030, with chronic diseases such as cancer accounting for 75% of health care costs. The American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer initiative aims to improve the health and productivity of workers through cancer prevention education and innovative business practices that promote healthy lifestyle choices.

There are 15 chartered CEOs Against Cancer chapters in the U.S, including a New England chapter that currently represents 38 New England-headquartered companies and organizations with 1,000 or more employees. It will work to improve employee health and workplace productivity and to reduce organizational health care costs, and provide guidance on strategic trends and innovative business practices that promote employee health and wellness.

Founded in 2003 in Chicago, the American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer initiative has grown to include more than 400 CEOs nationwide who are committed to:

- promoting a healthy corporate culture by regularly sharing frontline ideas that address diverse cancer fighting solutions among their workforces
- ensuring that employees facing cancer have access to accurate, up-to-date information to make informed decisions
- developing a culture of shared responsibility for creating healthy lifestyles among employees and families
- encouraging employees to join the more than 3 million grassroots volunteers nationwide who work tirelessly to support people facing cancer and their families.

Thirty-eight New England executives have signed on to CEOs Against Cancer, and they are listed below. Learn more here.


Membership Listing


Alstom Power Inc. - Tim Curran, President
American Cancer Society, Inc. - Peg Camp, Executive Vice President, American Cancer Society, Inc., and New England Division Operating Officer
Amica Insurance - Robert A. DiMuccio, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Associated Grocers of New England - Michael C. Bourgoine, President and Chief Executive Officer
AutoFair - H. Andy Crews, President and Chief Executive Officer
Beiersdorf Inc. - Bill Graham, President, General Manager
Best Doctors - David Seligman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. - Laura Sen, President and Chief Executive Officer
Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation - Paul R. Fonteyne, President and CEO BI USA Corporation and US Country Managing Director
Cartus Corporation - Kevin J. Kelleher, President and Chief Executive Officer
CCA Global Partners - Howard Brodsky**, Co-Founder, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer
Charles River Laboratories - James C. Foster, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Converse, Inc. - Jim Calhoun, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer
Covidien - José (Joe) Almeida, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Cubist Pharmaceuticals  Michael W. Bonney, President and Chief Executive Officer
Grappone Automotive Group - Amanda Grappone Osmer, Owner and Chief Operating Officer
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters - Brian P. Kelley, President and Chief Executive Officer
GTECH Corporation - Jaymin B. Patel, President and Chief Executive Officer
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care - Eric H. Schultz, President and Chief Executive Officer
Hypertherm, Inc. - Richard W. Couch, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Infinity Pharmaceuticals - Adelene Perkins, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer
Kaman Corporation - Neal Keating, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Leerink Swann - Jeffrey A. Leerink, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Magellan Health Services, Inc. - René Lerer, MD, Executive Chairman
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) - Roger W. Crandall, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Merchants Leasing - Glen J. Villano, Chief Executive Officer
National Grid - Tom King, Executive Director and President, National Grid US
PAREXEL International - Josef H. von Rickenbach**, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
PartyLite - Michael Norris, President, North America
Pratt & Whitney - David P. Hess**, President 
Purdue Pharma L.P. - John H. Stewart**, President and Chief Executive Officer
Randstad Technologies - Robert M. Dickey, President
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation - Mick Mauer, President
Stanley Black & Decker - John F. Lundgren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Staples - Ronald L. Sargent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
UIL Holdings Corporation - James P. Torgerson, President and Chief Executive Officer
UnitedHealthcare of New England - Stephen J. Farrell, Chief Executive Officer
University of Connecticut - Jim Calhoun*, Coach Emeritus, University of Connecticut Basketball

*Honorary Chair
** Vice Chairs