NAVC CEO Tom Bohn stepping down; deputy CEO to take over

October 2, 2019

The long-time head of the business behind the annual VMX show to be CEO of organization devoted to corporate professionals.

Thomas Bohn is resigning from the NAVC at the end of 2019 to lead the Association for Corporate Growth. Images courtesy of NAVC.The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) says CEO Thomas Bohn, CAE, MBA, is resigning from the NAVC at the end of 2019 to lead the Association for Corporate Growth, a group that serves corporate professionals.

Eugene (Gene) O'Neill, NAVC's deputy CEO and CFO, has been appointed by the organization's board as interim CEO.

Bohn, who joined NAVC in January 2013, helped diversify the nonprofit organization, tripling its customer base and expanding its portfolio, according to the release. The release credits Bohn for growing the NAVC from hosting a single event-now named the Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX) in Orlando, Florida-to a diverse portfolio with magazines, an online news station, a Human-Animal Bond certification program, a service group supporting smaller veterinary associations, and an online recruiting tool for veterinarians.

“Tom has transformed the NAVC into a growth organization and global leader providing continuing education and services to the veterinary community worldwide,” says NAVC board president Cheryl Good, DVM, in the release. “Tom's leadership, innovation, strategic vision and, most notable, his passion and commitment to supporting veterinarians and animals everywhere are unmatched.

Prior to joining the NAVC, Bohn served as executive director and CEO of several associations, including the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Eugene (Gene) O'Neill has been appointed as NAVC's interim CEO.“It has been a joy leading the NAVC's incredible team of professionals and working with the most amazing people within the veterinary community who pour their hearts and souls into providing better healthcare to animals worldwide,” Bohn says in the release. “Gene has been my partner and right arm since day one, and the NAVC and veterinary community will be well served under his leadership.”

O'Neill joined the NAVC in August 2013. Prior to this, he served as vice president of finance at the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and eventually interim CEO for IIA-Australia. He also held various finance and administration positions at SeaWorld of Florida.