For Immediate Release

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Meredith Turner, Farm Sanctuary, 646-369-6212,

Farm Sanctuary Appoints Distinguished Nonprofit Leader as New Executive Director

Dr. Allan Kornberg to Lead Nation’s Leading Farm Animal Protection Organization

WATKINS GLEN, NY - Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization,
announced publically today the appointment of a new executive director, Allan E.
Kornberg, M.D. Farm Sanctuary’s Board of Directors selected the
Boston-based pediatrician for the position following a comprehensive and
wide-ranging search process for a leader who could take the nonprofit to new

“I am very excited to lend my executive leadership
experience to an organization that has been at the forefront of the growing
farm animal protection movement for nearly a quarter-century,” said Dr.
Kornberg. “Farm Sanctuary pioneered farm animal advocacy long before it
was on mainstream society’s radar, but thanks to their ongoing rescues,
education programs, legislative and legal efforts, and public awareness campaigns,
more people are now aware of the grave threat factory farming poses to animals,
our health and the environment than ever before. I am proud to join Farm
Sanctuary at such a pivotal moment in animal protection history, and look
forward to working with my colleagues, and all our members and supporters, to expand
our reach and create even greater change for farm animals.”

A lifelong animal advocate, Dr. Kornberg’s
distinguished career in nonprofit management, medicine and animal advocacy has
spanned more than 25 years. In addition to serving on Farm Sanctuary’s
Board of Directors, Kornberg was the U.S. Executive Director of the World
Society for the Protection of Animals, a major international organization based
in the U.K.,
and has worked with numerous other advocacy groups, including the Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine, to end the abuses of animals in factory
farms and laboratories. He has also practiced both primary care pediatrics and
pediatric emergency medicine as a clinician, and focused on increasing the
efficiency of healthcare delivery as a top-level executive for numerous
nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Kornberg most recently served as Senior Vice President
for the National Initiative for Children’s Health Quality, and prior to
this was CEO of Network Health (a Medicaid health plan serving the poor in Massachusetts). Other
positions formerly held by Dr. Kornberg include Medical Director of Harvard
Pilgrim Health Care (also in Massachusetts),
Executive Director and Medical Director for the physician-hospital organization
at Scottish Rite Children’s Medical
Center in Atlanta,
and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Buffalo Children’s Hospital in New York. Dr. Kornberg prepared
for these leadership roles by pursuing a solid foundation of multidisciplinary
education, which includes an undergraduate degree from M.I.T, a medical degree
from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Gene Baur, co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, said
“As a national nonprofit dedicated to protecting billions of farm animals
from an inherently abusive industrial food production system, we need a leader
with the vision, knowledge and strength to face major challenges head-on and
consolidate our efforts for maximum impact. Fortunately for us, Dr. Allan Kornberg has all of these attributes and many more.
His combination of demonstrated success as a nonprofit leader, in-depth
knowledge of vegan health and nutrition, and profound compassion for animals
makes him a perfect fit for this key position at Farm Sanctuary.”

To speak with Dr. Allan
Kornberg about his new position, please contact Meredith
Turner at 646-369-6212 or


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Farm Sanctuary is the nation's leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the "food animal" industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming.

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