The Clinton Health Access Initiative, which was established in 2002 as an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, has announced that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, several changes will be made to the way the organization operates.
Most significantly, the five members of the CHAI board who were appointed by the foundation — former president Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Bruce Lindsey, Ira Magaziner, and Maggie Williams — will step down from the board and the organization's bylaws will be amended to remove the foundation's right to appoint board members. In consultation with leading experts in the global health and development field, five new members of the board will be selected and appointed as quickly as possible. The organization also announced that while it will continue to use the CHAI acronym, the Clinton name will no longer be used.
Although current management will remain in place, the new board will put in place by the end of 2016 an orderly succession plan for CHAI chief executive Magaziner and other senior management appointed by the board.
"All aspects of the transition will be carried out responsibly and seamlessly," said the board in a statement, "with the priority being sustaining the life-saving services upon which millions depend and the extraordinary daily work of CHAI staff who make those services possible."