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Fred Thompson Named New President and CEO of the American Liver Foundation

New Leader Brings Expertise in Nonprofit Management and Marketing

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/14/05 -- The Board of Directors of the American Liver Foundation (ALF) has announced the appointment of Frederick G. Thompson as president and CEO. Most recently, Mr. Thompson held the same position at the Jane Goodall Institute. The ALF is the nation's leading nonprofit organization promoting liver health and disease prevention. ALF provides research, education and advocacy for those affected by hepatitis and other liver diseases.

"Fred's experience in building and managing brands to create awareness of important issues is an important capability that he brings to the ALF," said James L. Boyer, MD, Board Chairman of the American Liver Foundation. "That, along with his ability to build strong partnerships and proven track record in results-oriented fundraising, was the key factor in our selection. We are delighted to have him at the helm."

At the Jane Goodall Institute, Mr. Thompson worked to develop program direction and global fundraising and marketing strategies. He was responsible for developing and maintaining collaborative relations with major partner organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, and the European Union. Mr. Thompson also has extensive experience in the public relations and marketing arena, having held leadership positions at Burson-Marsteller Public Relations and Manning Selvage & Lee. He is the recipient of five Silver Anvil awards from the Public Relations Society of America.

"The American Liver Foundation is a very exciting place to be," said Mr. Thompson. "This organization has continued to grow since its inception over 25 years ago, and it provides a vital service. Fundraising and communications serve programs that impact on people's lives. The alarming statistics of liver disease in the United States have reinforced my sense of mission."

Some 25,000,000 Americans -- one in every 10 -- are or have been afflicted with a liver, biliary or gallbladder disease; 20,300 Americans die each year from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis; 360,000 people are hospitalized each year due to cirrhosis.

The ALF has 26 chapter offices nationwide, with the newest just created in Hawai'i. It provides educational workshops and seminars, runs support groups, works with the media to increase the awareness of hepatitis and other liver diseases, and meets with local, state and federal policy makers to affect positive change. ALF supports research primarily in two ways: first, by advocating federal policy makers to secure increases in government funding for liver disease; and second, by directly funding young scientists in order to attract them to the lifelong study of liver disease and patient care. ALF sponsors numerous fundraising events and campaigns to support all of these efforts. The toll-free HelpLine, providing information on liver health and disease, is: 1-800-GO LIVER; the Web site is: www.liverfoundation.org.

About the American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation (ALF) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization promoting liver health and disease prevention. ALF provides research, education and advocacy on behalf of those affected by hepatitis and other liver-related diseases. The toll-free number is 1-800-GO LIVER, and the Web site is: www.liverfoundation.org.

CONTACT:
Bob Madison
212.668.1000 ext. 137

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