The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has announced the appointment of Noel M. Adachi, MBA, as president and chief executive officer, effective September 5.

Adachi will maximize her expertise in medical innovation, growth management, and executive leadership in her new role with AAAHC.

Adachi has spent 32 years in health care with a focus in medical device and association management, with more than 20 years in executive positions across a variety of departments including marketing, sales, strategic planning, and international business development. Within these roles, Adachi has been involved in key initiatives, helping to drive new product development, process improvements, IT system capability design, and website functionality.

“Noel Adachi has the industry and leadership knowledge to drive growth and innovation while improving health care quality through effective accreditation,” said Kenneth M. Sadler, DDS, MPA, chair of the AAAHC Board. “Her experience in successfully building and sustaining new initiatives will be key for AAAHC as we launch into new areas of growth and development.”

Adachi joins AAAHC after a 21-year tenure at the College of American Pathologists (CAP), where she was instrumental in driving growth in many key areas: quality improvement through accreditation, proficiency testing, education, and other clinically relevant performance measurement tools. When CAP expanded to international markets, Adachi took on the role of Vice President, International, where she substantially grew the CAP’s market presence to a profitable, and still-growing, adjunct to the organization’s already established U.S. base.

“I am proud of my accomplishments as a ‘builder’ of new strategies, execution plans, and organizational reshaping efforts that have delivered accelerated, profitable growth to allow organizations to prosper,” said Adachi. “AAAHC is entering a critical time in development and opportunities, and I am confident in my abilities to help accelerate growth and innovation throughout the organization.”

Adachi’s responsibilities at AAAHC also will include leading the Institute for Quality Improvement, the organization’s department founded to address the quality improvement requirements of AAAHC accreditation; and growing the AAAHC International division Acreditas Global.

Adachi received an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.