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May 16, 2016 12:59 ET

Movember Foundation Appoints Owen Sharp as New CEO

Former CEO of Prostate Cancer UK Will Lead the Global Men's Health Foundation Starting June 1

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - May 16, 2016) - After an extensive global search, Owen Sharp has been appointed the new CEO of the Movember Foundation, effective June 1. He will lead an international team of 100, reporting to the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the Movember Foundation in October 2015 as COO, Owen was the CEO of Prostate Cancer UK. He will succeed Adam Garone, who after 13 years at the helm is moving into a key ambassadorial role for the Foundation. As co-founder of the organization, Adam has built a global entity operating across 21 countries, having raised over $715 million for men's health programs.

Chairman of the Board, John Hughes, comments, "Adam has made a huge contribution to the Movember Foundation and men's health issues and we are excited to retain his marketing and advocacy skills to assist us in broadening the ambitions of Movember."

Commenting on Owen's appointment, Hughes says, "We are delighted that Owen has accepted the exciting and demanding role. Owen has a proven track record of strong leadership and brings with him a wealth of fundraising experience and a deep understanding of the charity sector as a whole, which will serve the organization well as we further evolve. Owen's familiarity with the Foundation's work and his established relationships with our employees and stakeholders means that he is ideally placed to build on all Movember has achieved across the globe."

Sharp says he's looking forward to taking up his new role.

"I am honored to have been appointed CEO of the Movember Foundation. It's an organization that has done more than any other to highlight the fact that men are dying too young, unnecessarily. This is a societal issue and one that needs to be faced up to and addressed. There is much more to do and I am incredibly proud to have the opportunity to lead the Foundation into the next phase of its evolution, ensuring that we meet our goal of changing the face of men's health forever."

The Movember Foundation is a global men's health charity.

The Foundation raises funds that deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.

Awareness and fundraising activities are run year-round by the Foundation, with the annual Movember campaign in November being globally recognized for its fun, disruptive approach to fundraising and getting men to take action for their health. During Movember, men are challenged to grow a moustache or make a commitment to get active and MOVE. Not only do these commitments raise vital funds but they also generate powerful and often life-changing conversations.

Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, raising $715M and funding over 1,000 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.

The Foundation's vision is to have an everlasting impact on men's health.

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