DARIEN, Conn. — Darien resident and private equity business leader Howard D. Morgan has taken a national leadership position as vice chairman of the newly formed Parkinson’s Foundation.
The organization was formed through a recent merger of two nonprofit organizations, which was a “historic moment” for the Parkinson’s community, Morgan said. The new group has "a redoubled commitment toward our shared goal: creating a world without Parkinson’s disease."
“The creation of the Parkinson’s Foundation represents an historic moment for the Parkinson’s community," he said. There are more than 10 million people living with Parkinson’s worldwide "who urgently need better treatments and a cure."
The merger of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation provides a unique opportunity "to blend our strengths, resources and rich histories to better serve the Parkinson's community."
"The Parkinson's Foundation will be greater than the sum of our individual parts. Indeed, the coming together has redoubled our shared spirit of focus and purpose. And that is just the beginning," said Morgan. "The merger presents extraordinary opportunities for the future, but rest assured, we are also very focused on the present. While we do not anticipate any changes to our exceptional programs – from our Centers of Excellence and individual and collaborative research and training programs around the world to our helpline services and education and advocacy programs in communities across the country – we embrace the opportunity of integrating the two organizations as an occasion for renewed commitment."
The Parkinson's Foundation will be governed by a Board of Directors that will include 11 members from each of the legacy organizations. John Kozyak, who was formerly chair of NPF, will serve as board chair for two years. He will be succeeded by Morgan, formerly chair of PDF.
Morgan is partner and senior managing director of Argand Partners in New York City and former chair of the PDF Board of Directors.
He has been active in the field of private equity for over 25 years. Before his current role, he served as president of Castle Harlan for 20 years.
Morgan has also served on over a dozen corporate boards and is a director of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, which he chaired from 2010-2014. He is a director of the Alexander Hamilton Institute and the World Press Institute. He also serves as Treasurer of the Friends of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
Morgan received his bachelor's from Hamilton College in mathematics and government and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
The Parkinson’s Foundation has a $20 million budget, more than 90 employees, and a team of researchers, health professionals, patient advocates and volunteers around the US and the world.
"This merger is about the future and we are thrilled to have it completed," said Kozyak. "Millions of people worldwide are living with Parkinson's. We owe it to them to move the science and care forward and the merger allows us to do just that even better. We are driven by the perspective, needs and priorities of people living with the disease and, together, we will be a formidable and effective force in the fight against Parkinson's."
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