Nigerian, Ada Okafor Emerges as First Black General Counsel

General Counsel and Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer at American Board of Surgery, Adanwimo "Ada" Okafor,

The American Board of Surgery (ABS), the national certifying body for general surgeons and related specialists, has announced Adanwimo “Ada” Okafor as the new general counsel of the organization, with the appointment to take immediate effect.

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Okafor, who fills the new position following the retirement of previous general counsel, Abby Pozefsky, Esq will be leading the ABS legal department and oversee the organization’s legal, compliance, ethics and enterprise risk management functions. She also serves as ABS’ inaugural chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer (CDEIO).

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Commenting on her appointment, the ABS President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jo Buyske said that the organization is very excited to promote Ada to general counsel with her natural leader quality and an all-around great person who has already made great strides as the organization CDEIO and will make an immediate impact leading the legal department in the general counsel role.

Ada with her new appointment become the first person of color and first black woman to hold this position in the organization’s 80 plus year history

Accepting the new task, Okafor said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as general counsel as well as CDEIO and looking forward to supporting ABS’ continued success and commitment to sustained high performance, collaboration, excellence and integrity.

‘’I’m excited to use the skillsets that she has developed and honed over time to help drive ABS’ commitment to be a diverse, antiracist, equitable and inclusive organization” She said.

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American Board of Surgery on Twitter: "Please join us in welcoming Adanwimo “Ada” Okafor as ABS's first diversity, equity and inclusion officer. She will join the staff on June 1, and will

As CDEIO, Okafor leverages data analytics, coaching, facilitated discussions, workshops, and educational training to promote diversity within the house of surgery, cultivate a culture of belonging, and foster employee well-being, innovation, productivity and retention.

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