Robert Quashie Promoted to American Dental Association Chief Operating Officer

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CHICAGO, March 7, 2022 — The American Dental Association (ADA) announced effective immediately that Robert Quashie has been promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).  As COO, Quashie will design, implement, and monitor an effective operating model and annual operating plan for internal performance and governance; manage the long-range ADA strategic plan and goal planning process; facilitate the ADA’s enterprise-wide Agile program through ADA teams, spearheading all Agile enterprise-wide initiatives and projects.

“I look forward to helping the association advance so that we’re meeting the future-focused needs of the public and the profession,” Quashie stated.

In his prior role as Senior Vice President (SVP), Operations, he managed the Operations Oversight Senior Management Team and was responsible for advancing growth, sustainability and capacity measured under the ADA Strategic Plan. Quashie will continue this work in his new role. Previous to holding the position of SVP, he held the position of Vice President, Business Operations and Strategy, where he successfully delivered optimum results against the strategic and operating plan goals. Additionally, he served as Vice President, Member and Client Services, leading the team and executing dues streamlining strategies. His initial introduction to the ADA in 2015 was as the Director of Business Analyst, providing consulting services to all ADA Divisions.

“I’m thrilled to announce Robert Quashie’s promotion to Chief Operating Officer,” said Raymond Cohlmia, D.D.S, Executive Director of ADA.  “His advancement will support an effective operating model for internal performance and governance, and to have him leading the operational charge and annual operating plan, I can’t think of a more qualified leader to oversee these critical issues.”

A proud graduate of Grinnell College, Quashie studied business strategy and management at Illinois Institute of Technology and Kellogg School of Business, bringing more than 20 plus years of experience in program management, marketing and business development.

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 161,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website