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Gates Foundation Picks UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann as Next CEO

Bill Gates has completed his search for a new CEO to lead the endeavor he started.


No, not Microsoft. That search is still under way. But his charitable foundation announced on Tuesday that it has picked University of California, San Francisco chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann to serve as its chief executive, succeeding Jeff Raikes, who had said earlier this year that he planned to step down once a successor was found.

Desmond-Hellmann, who joined Facebook’s board of directors earlier this year, will start at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on May 1, 2014.

“Sue’s background in public health policy, research and development, and higher education, make her an exceptional fit for this role,” Bill Gates said in a statement. “She impressed us as an innovator and an outstanding leader and manager.”

An oncologist by training, Desmond-Hellmann has been UCSF’s head since August 2009 and was the first woman to serve as the school’s chancellor.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik