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November 26, 2012For Immediate Release

Contact: Maggie Deuel
(703) 229-1037

American Association of Tissue Banks
Appoints Frank S. Wilton As New CEO

MCLEAN, Va. (Nov. 26, 2012) - The American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) has named Frank S. Wilton its new chief executive officer effective Dec. 3.

"As AATB's new chief executive, Frank brings with him extensive organizational experience and a broad understanding of medical device issues -- a direction that is one of tissue banking's bright futures. Frank's leadership will advance AATB's standing as the premier tissue banking association in the world as well as broadening its influence and advocacy in the fields of tissue engineering, cellular therapies and regenerative medicine. We are very excited to have Frank on board," said David Smith, president of the AATB.

Wilton has more than 26 years of advocacy, trade association and membership experience with extensive marketing and education experience. Prior to joining AATB, he held several positions at the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) in Washington, D.C., where he led the association's efforts on membership, recruitment and retention as well as its educational programs, including the Medical Technology Learning Institute (MTLI).

"I'm honored that the Board has entrusted me with representing the tissue banking industry," said Wilton. "And I look forward to leading AATB during this time of important changes in the tissue industry and health care policy. AATB honors donors, saves and improves lives by promoting the safety, quality, and availability of donated cells and tissue and I look forward to continuing this tremendous mission."

Wilton holds a master's degree in marketing communications from Boston University and dual degrees in English and History from Hobart College in New York. He received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 2002 and his Institute of Management (IOM) designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2006. He and his wife Jeanne have two children and live in Northern Virginia.

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The American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) is a professional, non-profit, scientific and educational organization. It is the only national tissue banking association in the United States and is located in McLean, Virginia. The AATB publishes Standards, which are implemented worldwide. For more information, visit: www.aatb.org/
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The American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) -- a professional, non-profit, scientific and educational organization -- is the only national tissue banking organization in the United States. Founded in 1976, the AATB is dedicated to improving and saving lives by promoting and advancing the safety, quality and availability of donated human tissue. To fullfill that mission, the AATB publishes standards and accredits tissue banks, certifies personnel and operates a tissue network.