AAO chief executive officer Lynne Thomas Gordon announced her retirement from the organization, beginning next year.

American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) chief executive officer Lynne Thomas Gordon has announced her retirement, effective January 1, 2024.

According to the AAO, Thomas Gordon’s visionary guidance and unwavering commitment were instrumental in advancing the AAO’s mission and furthering the field of orthodontics.

Thomas Gordon’s leadership has been characterized by innovation, strategic vision, and a deep dedication to the betterment of orthodontic care and practice.

“It has been an honor to serve as CEO of the AAO,” said Thomas Gordon. “I am proud of what we have accomplished together for our members and the orthodontic specialty, and I am confident that the association is well-positioned for the future.”

Throughout her tenure, Thomas Gordon spearheaded initiatives that have directly impacted the orthodontic community, fostered collaboration, and enhanced professional growth. Her leadership contributed to the AAO’s success and influence, solidifying its role as a leading resource for orthodontic professionals.

Under Thomas Gordon’s leadership, the AAO active membership has grown to its current all-time high to unify the specialty, AAO advocacy efforts have produced legislative victories, including the teledentistry bill in Nevada and the creation of the National Advocacy Network to promote and defend the specialty, and AAO has doubled non-dues revenue since 2019 through the Innovation & Transformation Fund to strengthen the position of the AAO.

“Lynne Thomas Gordon’s contributions to the AAO members, staff and the orthodontic field at large have been nothing short of exceptional. Her visionary leadership and dedication have significantly elevated our association’s impact and presence,” said Myron Guymon, DDS, MS, AAO president. “Lynne’s legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire and guide us in the years to come.”

A search committee has been formed to find the new CEO to lead the AAO’s next chapter.