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Press Release: Seattle, WA (May 7, 2019) – SightLife, the nonprofit global health organization dedicated to eliminating corneal blindness, announced that Josie Noah has been named Chief Global Officer (CGO) and Jim McCorkle has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO).
“Having Josie and Jim serve as executives at SightLife makes me even more confident that we will achieve our mission to eliminate corneal blindness by 2040,” said Claire Bonilla, SightLife CEO. “They both bring a wealth of experience, clear vision, immense passion and a strong commitment to staff development, which is exactly what we need to spearhead the two foundational aspects of our business.”
As CGO, Josie will drive strategy and oversee SightLife’s global programmatic and philanthropy teams who lead the work in low and middle income countries to eliminate corneal blindness. She joined SightLife in 2013, to lead development of the global clinical training programme – training more than 1,200 surgeons in partnership with training institutes across China, Ethiopia, India, Mexico and Nepal. In addition to her work on clinical training, Josie has led SightLife’s advocacy, global donor operations and prevention programmes.
“I am inspired by our mission, energized by our partners and the team at SightLife and moved by people around the world who dedicate their efforts to the elimination of corneal blindness,” said Josie. “I am honored to serve as the next Chief Global Officer as we move toward scale and long-term sustainability.”
As COO, Jim will manage all U.S.-based operations, which remains one of the largest eye bank operations in the country. This work involves coordination with donor families, close working relationships with hospitals and recovery partners, recovery of corneal tissue, and medical review of all corneal tissue. Prior to this role, Jim served as Chief of Staff since early 2018, leading strategic planning cycles and driving operational performance efforts.
“I am honored and excited to lead such a critical department at SightLife,” said Jim. “This role gives me the opportunity to leverage my experience building strong partnerships and developing high performing teams to deliver great results that will move us toward realizing our mission of eliminating corneal blindness.”