PATH's board of directors elected four new board members at its recent meeting. The four are international business executives who come from a variety of private-sector backgrounds.
"As PATH sharpens our focus on improving the health and saving the lives of women and children in the world's poorest places, we welcome the addition of these four outstanding new board members," said Dr. George Gotsadze, chair of PATH's board of directors. "Their global experience and expertise in strategic business management, global health, and public-private partnership will strengthen PATH's ability to take innovation to scale and increase our impact around the world."
A chemical engineer by training, Kofi Amegashie, MSc, has over 25 years business experience with Chevron Corporation, The International Finance Corporation, and The Coca-Cola Company in a variety of functions in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. After operational assignments with Chevron in Asia, Mr. Amegashie was appointed one of the Integration Managers on the 2001 ChevronTexaco merger. Following his Chevron career, he wanted to contribute to the growth of business in Africa and joined the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group with responsibility for small medium enterprise development in Africa. Mr. Amegashie subsequently co-founded a pan-African consulting firm, Strat Afrique, located in Johannesburg and Accra and specializing in business strategy development and implementation.
Mr. Amegashie also served as director for marketing, strategy, and business planning for The Coca-Cola Company in Nigeria. In this role, he led the company's market analysis, strategy development, and implementation efforts to maintain market leadership. Mr. Amegashie was also President of the Advertisers Association of Nigeria. He is currently managing executive, Africa, at the Johannesburg-listed pharmaceutical company, Adcock Ingram Healthcare Pty. Ltd. with responsibility for all business operations on the African continent outside South Africa and serves on the executive committee of the company as well as subsidiary boards. Mr. Amegashie earned a Master of Science in Management from the London Business School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Engineering at Exeter University.
David King, JD, is the chairman and chief executive officer of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp), one of the world's largest networks of clinical laboratories. Prior to joining LabCorp in 2001, Mr. King worked for many years as the company's outside counsel as a partner with Hogan & Hartson LLP (now HoganLovells) in Baltimore, Maryland.
He sits on the board of Cardinal Health, Inc., a Fortune 100 healthcare company. Mr. King also chairs the Board of the American Clinical Laboratory Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Science Foundation. He earned a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an AB degree from Princeton University.
Dr. Felix Olale
Dr. Felix Olale, MD, PhD is the executive chairman of the Excelsior Group, a corporate advisory and capital placement company based in New York and Nairobi. His work is focused on unlocking private-sector investments in health infrastructure, including public-private partnerships, across sub-Saharan Africa. He also serves as the chairman of the Wellness Medical Group, an Excelsior portfolio company, and as the academic director for Strathmore University's MBA in Healthcare program.
He is a senior advisor to several global institutions, including the World Bank/IFC group's Healthcare for Africa Initiative, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Dr. Olale received his medical and doctorate degrees from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
Raj Vattikuti, MS, founded Michigan-based Covansys, an information technology company, listed on the NASDAQ and sold to Computer Sciences Corporation in 2007. Mr. Vattikuti recently founded Altimetrik, a company focusing on business innovation by leveraging mobile technologies. He and his wife, Padma, founded the Vattikuti Foundation in 1997 in Michigan to serve the Southeast Michigan community and to address issues in India and other parts of the world. The Foundation supported the creation of the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospitals and the Vattikuti Digital Breast Diagnostic Center at Beaumont Hospitals. It also focuses on poverty alleviation in India. Through the Vattikuti Foundation, Mr. Vattikuti and his wife have continued to lend their support to a number of worthwhile charitable causes. The Vattikuti Foundation is focused on and committed to the charitable advancement of multidisciplinary robotic surgery, poverty alleviation, and development programs in rural India.
Mr. Vattikuti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, India, a Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from Wayne State University, and an honorary doctorate in business administration from Bryant College.