Anova Announces CEO Retirement and Succession Plan

The Board of Directors of the Anova Health Institute NPC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Helen Struthers as Joint Chief Executive Officer of Anova with effect from April 2021.

Dr Struthers, who will join Prof James McIntyre as Joint CEO, has many years’ experience in leading large grant-funded public health and research programmes in South Africa and is one of the founding members of Anova.

Prof McIntyre will be stepping down from the Anova CEO position at the end of 2021, on reaching retirement age. He will, however, continue his involvement with Anova as a Senior Advisor on technical issues and remains committed to the success of the organisation.

The Board also welcomes the appointment of Dr Moyahabo Mabitsi as Chief of Party of the PEPFAR/USAID funded APACE grant. This is one of the largest and most complex PEPFAR programmes in the world, and Dr Mabitsi will lead a dedicated team of experienced programme and technical specialists. Both Dr Struthers and Prof McIntyre will continue to provide technical and management expertise to all Anova’s activities, including the APACE programme.

Board Chair, Ms René Kenosi said…

James McIntyre and Helen Struthers founded Anova in 2009 and have grown the organisation into one of the largest and most successful Health NGOs in Africa.

As the founding CEO, Prof McIntyre has successfully provided strategic leadership within the organisation, and has provided guidance to the Department of Health and the first Health Minister’s Advisory Committee for COVID-19. Internationally he has led IMPAACT, a global paediatric HIV research network and worked on numerous committees and Boards, including with the WHO and UNITAID. We are especially pleased that Prof McIntyre has agreed to remain available for consultation to Anova, going-forward.

This announcement is the successful pinnacle of a multiyear succession plan which builds on Anova’s strengths and advances our transformation strategy. We have every confidence in Dr Struthers’ ability to lead the organisation and ensure the seamless transition of the CEO role.

Dr Mabitsi is a shining example of Anova’s commitment to develop and nurture our internal talent. She has demonstrated her commitment and ability in leading a  range of Anova’s health programmes. Together with Anova’s experienced leadership team and dedicated staff, Dr Mabitsi will continue Anova’s tradition of excellence in programme delivery in the APACE grant as the Chief of Party.


For more information, please contact:

Sibonisiwe Dube
Head of Marketing, Anova Health Institute
060 560 2673

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