Position Filled:  Associate Vice President, Research and Evaluation

Legacy was established in 1999 as part of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between the major tobacco companies, 46 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. The organization is best known for the truth® campaign – the providing public education campaign that targets teens and young adults with messages about the impact of tobacco use – and encompasses an active research and evaluation program focused on tobacco control issues as well as community and youth engagement programs. 

In need of an Associate Vice President of Research and Evaluation, Legacy engaged Insight Executive Search. 

“Legacy’s work is extremely important to the health and well-being of our society and we were excited to assist them with their mission,” said Ari Ayares, Vice President at Insight Executive Search.   “Every search has its unique and complex character.  In this case, it was essential to identify a candidate who not only possessed strong research expertise, but who could also be effective communicator.  Fortunately, we have done a lot of work in this area over the years and have an extensive data base of such individuals.”

Throughout the course of the national search, Insight Executive Search reached out to more than 200 senior researchers — individuals in the private sector, government and academic research institutes. The process resulted in 43 resumes.  The search team closely evaluated each resume and those that appeared appropriate were scheduled for a second conversation, this time with the search director.  13 candidates were presented to Legacy and of those five were chosen to be interviewed by the foundation. During the entire process, regular search status reports were presented by Insight Executive Search to update the client on the team’s progress.    

Ultimately, Elizabeth Hair, Ph.D. was selected to be Legacy’s new Associate Vice President of Research and Evaluation.  Previously, Dr. Hair was a Senior Research Scientist with NORC and prior to NORC spent more than 10 years as Program Area Director of the Health Area with Child Trends. Dr. Hair has more than 20 years of experience conducting research on child and family well-being, has received funding from federal agencies and major U.S. foundations, and has published her work widely in leading research journals.

Said Dr. Hair, “Ari did a great job of communicating with me during the interview process. He was extremely professional.”

Said Anna Spriggs, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Legacy, “We are more than happy with the results of the search….we love Beth! And it was a pleasure working with Ari.”