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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – The Board of Governors of RTI International has selected Tim J. Gabel, RTI’s Executive Vice President of the Social, Statistical and Environmental Sciences (SSES) Business Unit, to succeed E. Wayne Holden, Ph.D., as as President and Chief Executive Officer.
“I am honored to have been chosen as the next President and CEO of RTI,” said Mr. Gabel. “The work of the institute impacts, illuminates or improves the most pressing issues facing society today, in our local communities, in North Carolina and around the world. I share the commitment that all who work for the institute demonstrate every day to keep the promise of science for the global good. “
RTI’s Board of Governors selected Mr. Gabel following a rigorous search process that considered many highly qualified candidates. The formalities related to the transition to the management of RTI should be completed in early 2022.
“Selecting a new leader is the most important responsibility of any board of directors. Our main goal was to hire a new leader who would support and develop the vital work of RTI, ”said Peter M. Scott III, Chairman of the Board of Governors of RTI. “Tim has clearly demonstrated his support for RTI’s mission, vision, values and goals, and he understands our organization, our people and our competitive landscape. In short, we are confident that Tim will get the right results the right way. “
Tim J. Gabel is Executive Vice President of Social, Statistical and Environmental Sciences (SSES) and helps guide RTI’s Big Data strategy. Mr. Gabel joined RTI in 1983 with a technical background in statistics and computer science. Mr. Gabel contributed to RTI’s early efforts to conceptualize and develop Internet applications for research activities and has extensive experience in leading data collection and processing activities for scientific research studies. Today, he is leading efforts to align RTI to meet big data requirements so that RTI researchers can answer questions that, until recently, were impossible to quantify.
As the head of SSES, RTI’s largest business unit, Mr. Gabel manages annual revenues of approximately $ 400 million and over 1,500 professionals who conduct a variety of research, development and technical assistance. The bulk of the SSES portfolio involves large-scale data collection and management, with an emphasis on complex methodological, statistical and epidemiological approaches to important public policy issues in the areas of health, environment, education, economy, public policies and social welfare.
Following his formal election by the Board of Governors, Mr. Gabel will become RTI’s fifth President and CEO since its founding in December 1958. He succeeds E. Wayne Holden, Ph.D., who provided 16 years of dedicated service to RTI. , including as President and CEO since 2012.
“During his tenure, Wayne developed a long-term strategy for the institute focused on enhancing RTI’s scientific stature, investing in staff development, enhancing operational excellence and diversifying funding sources. As a result, the institute’s impact has grown from 1,800 to around 4,000 projects per year and revenues have grown from $ 734 million to almost $ 1.1 billion, ”said Scott. “Thanks to its vision and its committed leadership, RTI truly lived its mission: to improve the human condition by transforming knowledge into practice. Our capabilities and expertise across the spectrum of social and laboratory sciences, engineering and international development are unmatched. Wayne leaves RTI with the institute in its strongest position ever. The Board of Directors is grateful to Wayne for his service and management.
“It has been a privilege to work for an institute that places scientific research and rigor at the center of everything we do in service of our mission to improve the human condition,” said Dr Holden. “It has been a great honor in my career to lead the institute through a decade of growth and success and to help us meet the challenges of the past 18 months. We are in a strong position for a new CEO, and I plan to work with Tim and the management team to ensure a smooth transition.
Tim J. Gabel has been Executive Vice President of Social, Statistical and Environmental Sciences (SSES) at RTI International since 2012. As Head of SSES, RTI’s largest business unit, he manages annual revenue of over $ 600 million and approximately 3,000 professionals who conduct a variety of research, development and technical assistance projects.
Mr. Gabel joined RTI in 1983 with a technical background in statistics and computer science. He holds an MBA from Duke University and a BS in Statistics and Computer Science from the University of Wyoming.
Mr. Gabel holds an adjunct position at the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina and is a member of the Visiting Council of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wyoming. In addition, he is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Defense Alliance of North Carolina and sits on the Boards of the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies Inc. (TUCASI), Go Global NC and United Way of North. Carolina.
RTI International is an independent, non-profit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach, an approach that integrates expertise from social and laboratory sciences, engineering and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to keep that promise for the benefit of people, communities and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.