Stop TB Partnership welcomes appointment of new president of the Global Business Coalition

27 January - New York City - John Tedstrom has been appointed the new president and chief executive officer of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC). Tedstrom suceeds Richard Holbrooke, whose appointment as special representative in the US State Department was announced last week.

GBC is a non-governmental organization that consists of major for-profit corporations. Coalition members bring their business capabilities and resources to the fight against HIV, TB and malaria; and GBC helps guide the application of those resources.

"We congratulate GBC on this excellent choice for its leadership," said Dr Marcos Espinal, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership. "John Tedstrom was instrumental in forging GBC's agenda on tuberculosis, and he has engaged in a superb collaboration with the Stop TB Partnership. We look forward to working with Mr Tedstrom on scaling up the engagement of businesses on TB research and control to a new level."

Tedstrom, who joined GBC in 2006, was former director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian affairs for the US National Security Council under President Bill Clinton. He worked for nearly a decade at the RAND Corporation as economist and senior economist and held the Jacyk Chair at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 2000-2001.