Former Alex and Ani CEO Giovanni Feroce has been appointed chairman of the board of the Rare Disease United Foundation.
The foundation announced the appointment of Feroce as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors in a Wednesday release and said board members are "very excited" to have Feroce join the board.
“We are growing quickly and Mr. Feroce’s talent for channeling growth and his experience in government relations makes him the ideal chair," said Patricia Weltin, the foundation's executive director and founder. "The Rare Disease United Foundation is made up of volunteers who are rare disease patients and parents who use their journey to effect real change for the 30 million Americans living with a rare disease and we look forward to Mr Feroce’s leadership abilities taking us to many more states across the country.”
In a statement, Feroce, whose departure from Alex and Ani was a surprise to many, said he is humbled and honored to accept the position.
“My focus and energy will be directed at creating an unparalleled awareness and fundraising program, working closely with Patricia and all the other members of this organization who have dedicated their lives to such an important cause," he said. "I urge others to volunteer their time as well in support of our fellow citizens in need.”
Fore more information about the Rare Disease United Foundation, visit www.rarediseaseunited.org