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Former Food Safety Expert Strengthens APCO's Health Advisory Board

Washington, D.C. (November 8, 2011) – Richard Raymond, former undersecretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), joins APCO Worldwide's Health Advisory Board as a senior counselor, Robert Schooling, global head of the firm's health care practice, announced today. Raymond will assist APCO's health care team in counseling businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations on prevention and wellness issues and trends.

"Richard brings nearly 40 years of public- and private-sector experience in clinical medicine and food safety and will be a significant addition to our deep bench of health experts," said Schooling. "His high-level understanding of public health issues will help clients more effectively meet their social and business objectives in today's global health environment."

At the USDA, Raymond was responsible for overseeing the policies and programs of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and chairing the U.S. Codex Policy Committee, which provides guidance to U.S. delegations on the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Before his appointment, Raymond was chief medical officer at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

A family physician, Raymond began his clinical work in the O'Neill, Neb., area, where he practiced for 17 years. He later joined Clarkson Hospital's medical staff in Omaha, where he established and served as director of Clarkson's family practice residency program and co-medical director of the Nebraska Health Systems Hospice Program, among other roles. While serving as Nebraska's chief medical officer, Raymond was also a member of the Health and Human Services' National Vaccine Advisory Committee and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He previously served as president of the Nebraska Medical Association and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).

"APCO has a proven record of facilitating collaboration between policy-makers, industry officials and business leaders to improve health while also delivering financial value," said Raymond. "I'm excited to serve on the Health Advisory Board and look forward to working closely with the firm's global team of prevention and wellness experts."

Raymond is currently a faculty affiliate at Colorado State University in the Department of Animal Health Sciences, and he speaks and consults frequently on public health and food safety regulations. He edits food safety blogs Meatingplace.com and Feedstuffs.com.

He joins other accomplished leaders in public health and food safety, including: Sir Liam Donaldson, former chief medical officer for England and chief medical adviser to the UK government; John Hutton, former minister in the UK Department of Health; Leslie Norwalk, former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Kavita Patel, former health policy adviser to the Obama administration; Kenneth Thorpe, former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Richard Wade, former senior executive at the American Hospital Association.

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