ASAP President and CEO Art Canter Submits Resignation

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Canter Leaves on High Note After Five Successful Years

“The board gives many thanks to Art for his service to ASAP. The association is in a great place as he winds down his term as president and CEO, and we are poised for continued success and a prosperous future,” said ASAP board chairman Russ Buchanan

The Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to the practice of alliance management, today announced the resignation of President and CEO Art Canter, effective May 31, 2013. ASAP’s vice chairman, Jack Pearson, CSAP, managing director and chief alliance officer at Alliance Development International, will assume Canter’s duties on an interim basis. Canter is leaving for personal reasons.

In the more than five years Canter has been at the helm of ASAP, the association has taken significant steps forward in terms of its value proposition, membership and overall revenue. ASAP has instituted several benefits that have been utilized heavily by its members during his tenure, most notably the creation of ASAP Media, the association’s media and publishing arm, which produces its flagship quarterly publication Strategic Alliance Magazine. ASAP’s global conferences are fast-growing events that provide critical programming, networking and skills development for alliance management professionals; attendance at the ASAP Global Alliance Summit has grown each year of Canter’s reign, making it the largest annual gathering of alliance management pros, while the ASAP BioPharma Conference grew more than 50 percent last year in terms of the number of attendees. Several new Global Members representing some of the world’s most successful organizations—such as the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, VMware and AstraZeneca, among other recognized multinationals—have joined the association’s board, thereby augmenting its leadership. Individual and Corporate Membership has also grown considerably in this time span.

“I have cherished my five-plus years with ASAP and am grateful to have worked with such a great staff, board of directors and slate of volunteer leaders,” said Canter. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished together, and I believe ASAP is in a great position to serve its members and expand its community moving forward.”

An international search committee has been formed to find a permanent replacement for Canter. In the meantime, Pearson and Canter are actively working together to ensure a seamless transition at the end of the month.

“The board gives many thanks to Art for his service to ASAP. The association is in a great place as he winds down his term as president and CEO, and we are poised for continued success and a prosperous future,” said ASAP chairman of the board Russ Buchanan, CSAP, vice president of worldwide alliances at Xerox. “Jack Pearson is one of the profession’s pioneers. As vice chairman of the board, he has been an integral part of ASAP’s leadership for several years now and has been deeply involved in many of our most important initiatives. He is very much in tune with the needs of our membership.”

“I am very happy for the opportunity to keep ASAP on its upward course. The ASAP community is very important to me and has been for several years now. I look forward to putting more of my efforts into advancing the association and profession,” said Pearson.

More details about the search committee and its process will be available to ASAP members in the coming weeks.

About ASAP
The Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) is the only professional association dedicated to elevating and promoting the profession of alliance management. Founded in 1998, the organization provides professional development, networking and resources for cultivating the skills and toolsets needed to manage successful business partnerships. Active global members include AbbVie, AstraZeneca, CA Technologies, Capgemini, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Eli Lilly and Company, IBM, the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, Microsoft, Motorola, Novartis, Quintiles, Sanofi, SAS, Schneider Electric, Symantec, USAA, Verizon, VMware and Xerox. A complete list of global members is available at

ASAP Media, the media and publishing arm of the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals, is an alliance of ASAP and JW DeWitt Business Communications. For more information, visit and

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