Nationally Recognized Executive, Breast Cancer Survivor, to Lead World’s Largest Breast Cancer Organization

  DALLAS – Sept. 27, 2017 – A seasoned business executive and breast cancer survivor has been named president and CEO of Susan G. Komen®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization.

Komen’s Board of Directors today named Paula Schneider of Los Angeles to the post, effective Nov. 6. Schneider brings more than 30 years of leadership experience as president or CEO at major retailers and fashion manufacturing companies.

Schneider is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2007, and lost her mother to metastatic breast cancer in 2010.

“I know from personal experience the devastation of breast cancer, and the power and impact of the Komen mission to end it,” she said. “I am determined to do all that I can to build on this iconic organization’s mission to end breast cancer, for everyone and forever.”

Schneider, 59, is widely regarded as an expert in organization management and finance. She has served as president and CEO at American Apparel and Delta Galil Premium Brands, as president at Warnaco Swimwear Group and in strategic advisory roles at the private equity firm, The Gores Group.

A featured speaker at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in 2016, Schneider also was named one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s 500 Most Influential People for 2016 and garnered the National Association of Women’s Business Owners Inspiration Award in 2010.

“Paula is respected as a leader who motivates teams to achieve and exceed goals, and we are delighted to welcome her to the Susan G. Komen team, as we move forward to achieve our Bold Goal to reduce U.S. breast cancer deaths by half by 2026,” said Komen Board Chair Connie O’Neill.

As President and CEO, Schneider will be responsible for the strategic direction and daily operations of Komen’s worldwide network, which includes more than 80 Komen Affiliates serving millions of women through community health and education programs all around the world.  Schneider will reside in Dallas.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $956 million in research and provided more than $2.1 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. That promise has become Komen’s promise to all people facing breast cancer. Visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at