Former CEO of MTV Networks Bill Roedy Takes Up Fight Against Childhood Disease

By Global Alliance For Vaccines And Immunisation, PRNE
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

GENEVA, May 25, 2011 -

- Entertainment industry leader becomes the GAVI Alliance's first Envoy

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) is proud to
announce that Bill Roedy, the architect behind the internationally known MTV
Networks, has joined the GAVI family to advocate for immunisation.


As the Alliance's first GAVI Envoy, Mr. Roedy will raise awareness about
the importance of vaccines in fighting major childhood killers like pneumonia
and diarrheal diseases.

"Bill has such a strong record as an advocate and as someone who can
bring people together from different walks of life to support great causes,"
said Helen Evans, GAVI interim CEO. "GAVI and the children we serve will
greatly benefit from his determination to give everyone wherever they live
the same chance for a healthy life."

A former platoon leader in Vietnam who then moved on to head the global
expansion of MTV International Networks over a 22 year period, Mr. Roedy has
had a remarkable ability to grow a business while helping address major
social issues, such as HIV/AIDS. While MTV CEO, he launched the Staying Alive
foundation and was actively involved with the Global Business Coalition on
HIV/AIDS and the Global Media AIDS Initiative.

"It's not every day that you get the chance to save someone's life and
this is exactly what GAVI is all about. I am thrilled to be part of this
collective effort of protecting millions of children from vaccine-preventable
diseases," said Bill Roedy. "GAVI is a true leader in the field, it is sharp,
dynamic and result-focused - all the good ingredients for continued success.

The announcement of his GAVI Envoyship coincides with the launch this
week of his first book - What Makes Business Rock - about how he made social
advocacy a common business practice.

"Bill Roedy's unconventional career has led to some remarkable
achievements. We are grateful that he has chosen GAVI to pursue his
outstanding advocacy work and lend his voice on behalf of the millions of
children who suffer because they do not have access to life-saving vaccines,"
said Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and past head of GAVI's

Mary Robinson had invited Roedy to join the GAVI family before stepping
down as GAVI Board Chair, in Kigali, Rwanda, last December.

GAVI Envoys are individuals who are recognised leaders in their
respective fields. Mr. Roedy will undertake advocacy activities
internationally with the objective of expanding private sector support for
GAVI. Other leading individuals are currently under consideration.

The GAVI Alliance is a Geneva-based public-private partnership aimed at
improving health in the world's poorest countries. The Alliance brings
together developing country and donor governments, the World Health
Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both
industrialised and developing countries, research and technical agencies,
civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private

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