ADA announces executive director search

The ADA announced Dec. 16 it has retained the executive search firm Korn Ferry to lead the search for the Association’s next executive director.
The announcement comes after ADA Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, D.M.D., announced her decision to retire at the end of 2021 after 12 years of service.
“I thank Dr. O’Loughlin for her long-running commitment to our great organization and we are grateful she has given us more than a year’s notice so we can conduct a robust search,” said ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D.
The ADA is seeking a leader with extensive knowledge of the health care industry, the dental delivery system, governmental health related agencies, and/or the profession of dentistry, as well as association management and nonprofit financial, operational and strategic planning skills, according to a news release. The position does not require candidates to be dentists. The ADA Board of Trustees approved the appointment of an executive director search committee which has engaged Korn Ferry to conduct the search.

“As we look to the future, we are committed to finding the most qualified candidate to build on Dr. O’Loughlin’s work to power the profession of dentistry and assist dentists in advancing the health of their patients,” Dr. Klemmedson said.

For more information about the position, contact Kelly Ashmore at or view the full job specification.