GAVI Alliance announced on Monday that it appointed Robert Newman the new managing director of policy and performance, responsible for maintaining GAVI's position as a leader in results and value.
"I am delighted to be joining GAVI, and be part of a dynamic and dedicated team working in partnership to deliver on a clear and compelling mission," Newman said. "As a pediatrician, it is a particular honor to become part of an organization whose success is critical for the health of children around the world."
Newman will be based in Geneva and lead teams focused on strategic planning, market shaping and evaluating program performance.
"Robert's appointment comes at a critical time for the GAVI Alliance as we look towards our next strategic period," GAVI CEO Seth Berkley said. "The skills and experience that he will bring to GAVI will play an important part in helping us reach more children with lifesaving vaccines."
Previously, Newman served as the Global Malaria Program director at the World Health Organization, where he created the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee to help developing countries transition research into public health policy. Prior to WHO, Newman worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he was team lead for the president's malaria initiative.
He is replacing Nina Schwalbe following her departure to become the principal advisor of health at UNICEF in New York.