President & CEO
As president and CEO of LLS, John Walter drives LLS's long-range strategic plan with a focus on broadening its base of support and diversifying its revenue sources to achieve its goal of finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.
In 2013, Walter oversaw the launch of "Someday is Today," the new branding platform designed tell the story of how LLS is changing the landscape of cancer. He helped guide the expansion of the Therapy Acceleration Program, embracing a venture philanthropy approach to bringing new and better treatments more quickly to blood cancer patients.
Walter first joined LLS in 1995 as senior vice president of finance and information technology, during which time he enhanced the efficiencies and internal controls of the organization by centralizing all finance and treasury operations in the United States and Canada. He also established LLS's information technology, launching new digital communications channels to reach donors, the public and other new audiences. In his subsequent role as executive vice president of strategic alliances and new business development, he designed and implemented LLS's Co-Pay Assistance Program, a service that helps blood cancer patients with their health insurance premiums and prescription drug co-pays, which has provided more than $160 million to date. He was appointed president and CEO in 2008.
He came to LLS from the March of Dimes, where he worked for nine years. He had previously worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where he had broad international experience in operational auditing. Walter holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Southern Connecticut State University, with minors in accounting and Spanish.