FAIRFAX, VA (October 27, 2008) ¾ The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) announced today that Steven H. Davis, CAE, IOM, will depart AIHA on March 31, 2009, after eleven years of service to the organization, the last six as executive director.

“Steven has given unselfishly of himself to the IH profession and the association over the past eleven years,” said Lindsay E. Booher, CIH, CSP, AIHA president. “On behalf of the AIHA Board of Directors, we thank Steven for his dedicated service and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Booher added.

“I have truly valued and appreciated my time at AIHA,” said Steven Davis. “I feel that we have the very best volunteers and staff working on behalf of this noble profession, and I am grateful for all of the relationships that I have developed.”

The AIHA Board of Directors has retained Peter J. O’Neil, CAE, IOM, to assume the leadership of AIHA as Executive Director. O’Neil came to AIHA in 2000 as director, marketing and member services, and was promoted in 2005 to assistant executive director.

“The AIHA leadership has enjoyed watching Peter develop throughout his nine-year service to AIHA, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize his accomplishments. He has worked closely with Steven Davis and the volunteer leadership and has been instrumental in strategic planning and special project development and management. We believe that Peter’s skill-set, energy, and management style will continue the momentum Steven has developed and take AIHA to new heights,” said Booher.

O’Neil has a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University, is a Certified Association Executive, and a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executive & The Center for Association Leadership. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Association Leadership, and has earned the Institute for Organization Management Certificate from the US Chamber of Commerce.