DALLAS, May 19, 2017 – The American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, has named a key senior executive to its nationwide leadership team. The veteran corporate attorney and finance executive will be tasked with driving enhanced operational performance on an enterprise basis while achieving improvements in business efficiencies. 

Larry Cannon joins the AHA as its new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at the organization’s national headquarters in Dallas. As CAO, Cannon will oversee the enterprise business operations of the 93-year-old non-profit. In addition to overseeing all financial management, he will also be responsible for the AHA’s technology, human resources, facilities and other strategic business investments and operations.

Cannon served most recently as the Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary for FTS International, Inc. in Fort Worth, TX.  FTS International is the largest private oil and gas well completion company in North America, with operations in China. Prior to that, he was a corporate attorney for Jones Day in Dallas, TX, and Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, IL, where he structured and negotiated domestic and international securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other corporate finance transactions.

“The American Heart Association is an increasingly global organization, acting as one unified voice on the many issues involved in realizing our vision of a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.“ As we continue to grow and evolve our business models, both in the U.S. and abroad, I’m very excited by the business rigor and experience Larry brings to our life-saving work. Under his leadership, I’m confident we’ll experience even greater operating efficiencies that result in even greater impact.“

“I’m excited to help lead new business models for the American Heart Association to further position the organization’s work with individuals and organizations to transform communities and extend and improve people’s lives,” Cannon said. “I look forward to implementing the best practices I’ve learned from my corporate career as well as new innovative approaches to establish new strategies for the American Heart Association.”

Larry Cannon began his career as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young, LLP. He is an alumnus of Baylor University in Waco, TX, and the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL.


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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