Hagan To Lead ADA

February 19, 2015       Mark Hrywna      

Less than three years after taking the helm amid a tumultuous time at Feed The Children (FTC), Kevin Hagan will not renew his contract as CEO and instead will become the next leader of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

ADA today issued a press release announcing the appointment while Hagan announced his move to FTC staff this morning. In a blog post published today, Hagan said he has chosen not to renew his contract with Feed The Children when it expires on May 31 and will become CEO on June 1 of the Alexandria, Va.-based ADA. The selection culminates a six-month national search although the announcement did not indicate the size of the candidate field.

Hagan was appointed CEO of Feed The Children in April 2012, after several years of internal strife and a family power struggle at the Oklahoma City, Okla.-based charity. Founder Larry Jones had been terminated in November 2009, voted off the board in March 2010 and eventually filed a wrongful termination suit that was settled for about $800,000.

During Hagan’s tenure, Feed The Children unveiled a new program, logo and tagline (“No child goes to bed hungry”). He also was credited with increasing the average gift size at FTC by 20 percent and “creating a corporate philanthropy engineering team to custom design corporate giving programs for Fortune 500 companies.” Before leading Feed The Children, Hagan was chief operating officer for Good360, an Alexandria, Va.-based in-kind charity.

Hagan will succeed Larry Hausner, who stepped down as ADA’s CEO on July 31 “to pursue new opportunities in his native New York metro area.” He was CEO since about 2007. Suzanne Berry has been serving as interim CEO since August.

In its most recently available IRS Form 990, American Diabetes Association reported $216 million in total revenue for the year ending 2013, ranking No. 79 on The NonProfit Times’ NPT 100. That year, Hausner earned total compensation of $735,031, including a base salary of $490,544, along with bonus and incentive compensation of $77,846 and $115,500 in retirement and other deferred compensation.

Feed The Children reported $453 million in total revenue, nearly $400 million of it in noncash contributions, such as food, pharmaceuticals, books and clothing, in the most recent fiscal year, ending June 2013. The charity ranked No. 39 on last year’s NPT 100. At Feed The Children, Hagan earned $345,654 in total compensation, including a base salary of $200,769 and a bonus of $80,000 last year. It’s unclear what his compensation or contract will be at ADA.

In its announcement, ADA said Hagan joins the organization “at a time when the incidence and costs of diabetes are at an all-time high,” with recent estimates predicting as many as one in three American adults will have the disease by 2050. ADA last year was named by The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group as among the 50 “Best Nonprofits To Work For.”