AJC article: MedShare names new CEO; co-founder steps aside in planned succession

Today, September 1, 2011, is a monumental day for MedShare. This is the day A.B. Short steps down from his post at CEO, and we welcome a new leader to our organization, Meridith Rentz.

Meridith Rentz, MedShare's CEO & President

As CEO for 13 years, A.B. was the motivational and entrepreneurial force that drove MedShare to ship $93 million worth of supplies and equipment in 700 forty-foot containers to 88 developing countries, outfit 2,100 medical teams and save over 2 million feet of cubic space from landfills in the U.S.

Meridith’s goal is to take MedShare’s innovative, global medical supply chain concept and expand its reach and social impact. She’ll do this by focusing on two interdependent priorities: 1) improve the model and 2) expand the model.

We’ll leave you with an article the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran on our CEO transition. If you wish to share your thoughts, bid farewell to A.B. or welcome Meridith, we invite you to do so on our Facebook wall or via Twitter, @MedShare or @mrentz.

MedShare names new CEO; co-founder steps aside in planning succession
by: Sheila Poole

A.B. Short, chief executive officer of Decatur-based MedShare, is stepping down from the helm of the nonprofit he co-founded.

Meridith Rentz, most recently chief operating officer of Points of Light Institute, will become the new chief executive. 

The move, which is part of a planned succession strategy, takes effect Sept. 1.

“I am not retiring, I’m not even thinking about that,” said Short, 66. “I’m moving over and inviting some youthful and creative leadership to come in and take MedShare to the next stage.”

Short, who co-founded the organization with Bob Freeman in 1998, said he will remain as Rentz’s senior adviser for an unspecified time.

 “Some of us who start things stay too long,” he said. “We get comfortable and organizations can suffer.” He said he asked the organization’s board to start the process of finding a successor about a year ago. 

MedShare collects surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, companies and individuals and distributes them to health care facilities in developing nations. It also helps medical missions and safety net clinics in the United States and abroad. In doing so, the organization’s work helps reduce the amount of medical waste in landfills.

“I’m going to take off my hat here and put on my MedShare hat,” Rentz said. “MedShare is really on a fantastic trajectory.” She said her plans are to continue to provide the same “high-quality services and expand our footprint.”

MedShare currently has two warehouses — in Decatur and in San Leandro, Calif. Officials hope to expand into the Mid-Atlantic region, which would cover Boston, Philadelphia and New York; and in southern Florida.

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