Hewett retiring from Jackson Lab; successor announced

Katy Longley

BAR HARBOR — The Jackson Laboratory has announced that as of July 1, Katy Longley will be promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of the nonprofit biomedical research institute.

In this capacity, she will provide strategic leadership, direction and management for all operational functions and procedures for the institution.

Chuck Hewett, who has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the lab, will be retiring after 15 years. He will continue in his capacity as executive vice president as well as serve as a strategic advisor for the laboratory through the end of the year. Hewett also will continue to serve on the laboratory’s board of trustees.

“Katy is an accomplished and dedicated executive with both deep financial leadership and broad operational experience,” said Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Lab. “Her expertise will ensure the financial strength and operating efficiency of The Jackson Laboratory as well as help us advance our mission and accelerate the growth of our organization to new levels.

“Chuck Hewett has been a pivotal figure in the history of JAX, establishing a strong financial and organization foundation for the institution. He will always be a close friend and trusted advisor.”

Longley has been the vice president and chief financial officer of the laboratory since August 2016. She also serves as the institutional official for animal welfare and chairs JAX’s 403(b) Retirement Plan Committee. A search is under way for a new chief financial officer.

Prior to joining the lab, Longley served for 14 years as the senior vice president for finance and administration and treasurer at Bowdoin College, where she was the chief business officer.

Longley spent several years practicing corporate law with Verrill & Dana, LLP in Portland, including six as a partner, and also served as the commissioner of professional and financial regulation for the state of Maine in the administration of former Governor Angus S. King Jr. She currently serves as a director and chairwoman of the audit committee of Camden National Corp.

Previous board positions include directorships at United Educators, a reciprocal risk retention group in Bethesda, Md.; Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.; and Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) in Portland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College as well as a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. She was conferred treasurer emeritus status by Bowdoin College in 2016.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor. It employs 2,100 staff, and its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

To learn more, visit www.jax.org.

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