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Gavi appoints David Marlow as Interim Chief Executive Officer

by Haruna Gimba

By Haruna Gimba

The Gavi Board have appointed David Marlow, currently Gavi’s Chief Operating Officer, to the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective August 3, 2023.

The appointment follows a communication from Dr Muhammad Pate, who had been approved by the Gavi Board in February to become Gavi’s next CEO, that he will not be able to join Gavi.

Dr Pate informed the Gavi Board Chair and Vice Chair that he has taken an incredibly difficult decision to accept a request to return and contribute to his home country, Nigeria.

Gavi fully respects the decision and wishes Dr Pate the very best for the future.

On informing Gavi, Dr Pate thanked the Chair of the Gavi Board, José Manuel Barroso, the diverse set of Gavi Board members and partners, current CEO Dr Seth Berkley, and the Secretariat staff for their support over the last few months, commenting that he will remain a steadfast champion of the Gavi mission.

The Gavi Board is delighted that Mr Marlow has accepted this responsibility and has full confidence in the strength of the Gavi leadership team and the Alliance to support this transition.

The Gavi Board is committed to delivering on its mission and strategic priorities while it conducts a search for the next CEO.

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