The Wistar Institute Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer, G. Alan Stiles

The Wistar Institute Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer, G. Alan Stiles

August 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – (August 29, 2012)—The Wistar Institute announces the hire of G. Alan Stiles as Chief Operating Officer. In this newly created position, Stiles will manage and direct the Institute’s non-scientific operations and provide leadership in planning for Wistar’s continued growth.

At Wistar, Stiles will be responsible for financial and grants management, human resources, information technology, procurement, facilities, technology transfer, communications, development and other areas of general administration. In collaboration with Wistar’s senior administrators, he will help guide strategic planning for Institute operations with the goal of advancing our scientific programs and initiatives.

“Wistar is an exceptional research institute, and we are pleased to bring aboard Alan Stiles as COO, a position that functions to ensure that Wistar runs smoothly and provides our researchers with an outstanding environment for the conduct of science,” said Wistar President and CEO Russel E. Kaufman, M.D. “As Wistar continues its expansion, growing its faculty, its programs, and building a new research facility for its scientists, we welcome someone of Alan’s professional caliber to ensure we remain an efficient and lean organization.”

Stiles is a creative senior executive with a 25-year record of success in strategic leadership, finance, business development and operations. He developed expertise in managing academic research operations for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, overseeing administrative services at Baylor College of Medicine, the Salk Institute, University of California, San Diego, University of California, Los Angeles, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, among others.

Stiles went on to serve as Director of Administration for the Washington, D.C., practice of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting company serving clients in 97 countries, then as Chief of Staff in Washington for Freedom Information Systems, a government contractor specializing in providing information technology and decision-making solutions to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other government entities. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for Independent Fiduciary Services, creating business development strategy and managing operations for the institutional investment advisor firm, and as an independent business operations consultant.

Stiles graduated summa cum laude from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in business administration.

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures. On the web at


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