BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Diabetes Hands Foundation's Board of Directors ("Board") announced today that it has appointed Eugene (Gene) Kunde, currently Executive Director and CFO of ProInspire, as Diabetes Hands Foundation's new CEO, effective December 16th, 2015.
Kunde comes to Diabetes Hands Foundation after an extensive search to replace Manny Hernandez, the co-founder of Diabetes Hands Foundation.
"I consider it an honor to become the CEO of Diabetes Hands Foundation," said Kunde. "Diabetes Hands Foundation has a powerful mission, serving as an important resource for those living with diabetes and their loved ones. I wanted to be part of an organization that aids and empowers individuals and I am energized by this opportunity to realize that ambition by contributing to the growth and impact of Diabetes Hands Foundation."
Kunde brings to Diabetes Hands Foundation nearly thirty years of executive leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He is the former CEO of Birkenstock USA, LP and of Sanita Clogs, Inc. Before that he was the COO of Epson America, Inc. He is also the former COO of Strive for College.
"We are excited to have someone with Gene's record of business success lead the organization onto what we believe will be a period of significant expansion of Diabetes Hands Foundation's reach," said Dennis Urbaniak, Board Chair of Diabetes Hands Foundation. Gene is uniquely suited as one who can inspire with a clear and creative vision, while also possessing a business acumen that will advance the business strategically."
Urbaniak went on to thank Melissa Lee, who has been serving as Interim Executive Director of Diabetes Hands Foundation since May, "for her committed direction of Diabetes Hands Foundation through the transition of leadership. As a respected leader in the Diabetes Online Community, a past Diabetes Hands Foundation Board member, and then as our Interim Executive Director, she has demonstrated that she is a true champion for those living with diabetes."
About Diabetes Hands Foundation
Diabetes Hands Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to bring together people touched by diabetes for positive change so that nobody living with this condition ever feels alone. Diabetes Hands Foundation connects, engages, and empowers people touched by diabetes through its programing: TuDiabetes.org, EsTuDiabetes.org, Big Blue Test, and Diabetes Advocates.
Media Contact: Gene Kunde, Diabetes Hands Foundation, 510.898.1301, Gene@diabeteshf.org
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