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William T. Schmidt

President and Chief Executive Officer – Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

William T. Schmidt was named President & CEO of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) in August 2017. As President & CEO, Mr. Schmidt is responsible for the overall management and direction of the Foundation, which is the leading national organization that mobilizes people and resources to provide access to high quality care, and leads research for a cure so people with pulmonary fibrosis will live longer, healthier lives.

Prior to joining PFF, for 12 years he was CEO of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the largest non- governmental source of funding for retinal degenerative disease research in the world. Mr. Schmidt has extensive experience as a senior executive for a number of high-profile and respected health research advocacy organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF).

As Vice President of Public Affairs at JDRF, he directed the government relations, communications, media relations and foundation relations departments. An honors graduate of Amherst College, Mr. Schmidt also received his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law and completed the Kellogg Graduate School of Management’s Executive Development Program.

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