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Yerkes NPRC Names Yoko Hammond Chief Business Officer

April 28, 2020

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ATLANTA – Yoko Hammond has been named chief business officer (CBO) for the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University. She is a well-respected, senior business leader known for her participative leadership style, strategic thinking and collaborative decision-making approach.

Hammond’s appointment as Yerkes CBO comes after a nationwide search that resulted in multiple highly qualified candidates who, collectively, participated in more than 50 interviews with more than 30 people. In her new role, Hammond serves on the director’s leadership team with a focus on ensuring fiscal viability and sustainability for the Yerkes Research Center. She is responsible for all Yerkes administrative operations, financial services and business activities, including allocation of the center’s financial resources, and will oversee facilities-related planning and operations as well as direct information technology (IT), including developing and implementing IT strategy and policies, and collaborating with key constituents (faculty, staff, students) to lead IT services. In addition, she will work collaboratively with the leaders of Yerkes Research Administration Services (RAS) to ensure grants are properly submitted and managed.

Hammond has spent the last 17 years at Yerkes and all of her career at Emory University, always within the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center. Her most recent role was director of business and finance at Yerkes, a position she held for nine years.

In naming her as the CBO, Paul Johnson, MD, Yerkes director, says, “Yoko clearly stood out as the top candidate from day one. Her knowledge of the Yerkes Research Center is unparalleled, and her strategic approach to leading our business office, including managing our more than $70 million budget and grants portfolio, and her collaborative spirit are exceptional.”

Hammond says, “I am honored to be selected for this leadership role. My career progression at Emory has well-prepared me to take on this advanced opportunity, and I look forward to ensuring Yerkes has the financial stability to support our research, animal care program and infrastructure so we are best positioned to help people and animals live longer, healthier lives.”  

Dedicated to discovering causes, prevention, treatments, and cures, Yerkes National Primate Research Center (NPRC) is fighting diseases and improving human health and lives worldwide. One of seven National Primate Research Centers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Yerkes conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. The center has approx. 350 staff members and more than 70 faculty scientists. Supported by more than $74 million in research funding (all sources) in fiscal year 2019, Yerkes ranks first in NIH funding among NPRCs. Yerkes grounds its research in scientific integrity, expert knowledge, respect for colleagues, an open exchange of ideas, and compassionate, quality animal care. Researchers are making landmark discoveries in microbiology and immunology; neurologic diseases; neuropharmacology; behavioral, cognitive, and developmental neuroscience; and psychiatric disorders. The center's research advances vaccine development for infectious and noninfectious diseases, paves the way for earlier diagnosis of and new treatments for illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, defines the neurobiology and genetics of social behavior to support new therapies for autism spectrum and other disorders, and teaches us how interactions between genetics and environment shape who we are.

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The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include the Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Rollins School of Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. Emory Healthcare includes: The Emory Clinic, Emory-Children's Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Wesley Woods Center, and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.5 billion budget, 17,600 employees, 2,500 full-time and 1,500 affiliated faculty, 4,700 students and trainees, and a $5.7 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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