President & CEO
President and CEO of LLS, John Walter, with over 30 years of work experience in for profit and not for profit organizations, is tasked with leading the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Walter is stewarding LLS in its efforts to accomplish goals set forth in its strategic plan, including: developing a culture of superior volunteers and staff; diversifying LLS's revenue sources; advancing the development of new blood cancer therapies; ensuring that all blood cancer patients have access to information and services that help them throughout their cancer journey.
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 and Web functions. More recently, 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.
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.