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Voting opens Feb. 7 for UNOS Board election/Annual meeting of members

The 2017 Annual Meeting of Members of United Network for Organ Sharing will be held at 700 North 4th Street, Richmond, Virginia, March 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. (ET) for the following purposes:

  1. To elect Directors and Officers of the Corporation to serve for stated terms or until their successors are duly qualified and elected. Please note that the UNOS Board of Directors continues to function as the OPTN Board of Directors.
  2. To ratify amendments to the Bylaws of the Corporation, which have been adopted by the Board of Directors since the Annual Meeting of Members on March 8, 2016.
  3. To transact such other business as may properly come before the Annual Meeting or any adjournment thereof.

Members of record at the close of business on January 27, 2017, have the right to receive notice of and vote at the 2017 Annual Meeting and any adjournment thereof. In addition, those who are admitted as Members on or before March 7, 2017, will be allowed to vote at the meeting and any adjournment thereof.

Board election to be held electronically

OPTN/UNOS member voting representatives will be able to cast ballots electronically for the Annual Meeting. UNOS has partnered with VoteNet Solutions Inc., an election software company, to allow voting representatives to view the Board ballot online and register their votes via a secure web application. Voting representatives will receive by e-mail a link to the ballot and supporting information about the nominees, and log in information. The voting application will open February 7 and will close on March 7 at 9:00 a.m.

Over the past year, the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors engaged in an assessment of its composition and needs. The Board is putting forth the below slate of candidates in order to make improvements in the following:

  1. Appropriate skill sets. As the Board will embark in the coming year on revising the next three-year strategic plan and bidding for the next OPTN contract, we seek individuals with knowledge of corporate and non-profit governance and strategic planning.
  2. Diversity of minority and gender representation on the Board. The Board recognizes that its composition should reflect the population it serves.
  3. Diversity in transplant professions. As we consider complex policy issues, we recognize the need for experts in transplant surgery and medicine, organ procurement, histocompatibility testing, hospital and healthcare finances and management, public health, law, and ethics.
  4. Balance in patient and donor representatives. We want to ensure that we have a good balance of voices from patients, donors, and their family members. For this reason, we have elected to structure the ballot in a way that ensures we will have sufficient representation of living donors and deceased donor family members in the coming year.

The Board asks for members and member electors to take this diversity and balance into consideration when voting on the ballot as a whole.

On Tuesday, February 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET, voting representatives will receive an email from elections@unos.org with details relating to how they will receive their voting credentials and materials for the 2017 BoD election. All questions regarding the process should be directed to elections@unos.org.

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