Experienced Business Development Leader Joins Abt Associates

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Jack Downey has joined Abt Associates as Senior Vice President, Business Development and New Market Initiatives.

To further advance Abt Associates’ business development efforts, the company has named Jack Downey as Senior Vice President, Business Development and New Market Initiatives, providing strategic direction to Abt’s Global Business Development Unit (GBDU).

Downey – a senior executive with three decades of experience planning and managing large and complex technical assistance and training programs – will develop and integrate improved business development processes across the company and facilitate cross-market collaboration to better leverage company capabilities for business impact.

“I am confident that Jack’s experience at all levels of our business and his proven ability to develop partnerships with a range of donors—public and private—will be a huge asset as we move forward,” said Abt President and CEO Kathleen Flanagan.

Downey is the President Emeritus and member of the Board of Directors of the Society for International Development, Washington, D.C. Chapter. Before joining Abt Associates, he worked for 23 years at the Academy for Educational Development (AED), reaching the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. AED had 2,500 employees and projects in 65 countries and all 50 states.

He most recently served as Head, Relation Building & Resource Development at the International AIDS Society in Geneva, where he implemented a comprehensive philanthropic, government, and corporate fundraising program for IAS’ global policy and advocacy agenda. He began his career in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya from 1975 to 1978, focusing on primary and vocational education.

Downey holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Michigan. He also holds executive certificates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Yale School of Management, and University of Michigan.

About Abt Associates
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries. http://www.abtassociates.com

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