Asadorian named executive director of Rhode Island Blood Center

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Blood Center has named Scott J. Asadorian as its new executive director.

Asadorian started his career with RIBC’s former parent organization, Vector Health Systems, in 1991, working as strategist and risk manager before joining RIBC in 1995 as vice president and chief operating officer.

His job since has focused on strategic planning for the organization, including all aspects of blood center operations and local and regional hospital-customer business development. He also led donor and blood drive sponsor recruitment aspects of RIBC that helped ensure its mission of providing a safe, plentiful and cost-effective blood supply to the patients of local and regional hospitals.

Asadorian, a native of Warwick and resident of North Kingstown, was named executive director in January. He has served as a board member for America’s Blood Centers, a national network of independent community nonprofit blood centers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management and an MBA, both from the University of Rhode Island.

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He succeeds Lawrence Smith, who joined the RIBC/Vector Health Systems in 1989 and served as CEO of the center for the past 29 years.

Smith left to take a new position in the Office of the President of the New York Blood Center Enterprise, which the Rhode Island Blood Center joined forces with this past summer. The partnership created the largest state-of-the-art infectious-disease testing laboratory in the Northeastern United States bringing new jobs to RIBC’s Providence-based headquarters.

“It’s been a privilege leading the blood center for 29 years, and I’m looking forward to my new role developing growth opportunities for all blood center members of the New York Blood Center system, including the Rhode Island Blood Center,” Smith said. “I also have every confidence that RIBC will continue to fulfill its lifesaving mission under Scott’s experienced and capable leadership.”

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