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NEW YORK – April 27, 2012 Lighthouse International, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those who are blind and visually impaired overcome the challenges of vision loss, announced that Roger Goldman has retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors and has been succeeded by Joseph A. Ripp. Sarah Smith was also appointed as Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Board. Smith will serve as Vice Chair along with Jonathan M. Wainwright. These transitions officially became effective March 15, 2012.

“We welcome Joe Ripp’s dynamic leadership, future vision and experience and are equally pleased to have a person of Sarah Smith’s caliber serve as Board Vice Chair and Treasurer,” said Mark Ackermann, CEO and President of Lighthouse International. “Through the years, Joe and Sarah have demonstrated exemplary leadership in both the non-profit and business worlds, and their stewardship, along with Jon Wainwright, will help Lighthouse continue to maintain its status as a leading organization fighting vision loss. Sarah brings a strong complement to the business and legal expertise provided by her co-Vice Chair, Mr. Wainwright, who also serves as Vice Chair Senior Counsel, Financial Services, at Cadwalader, Wickersham Taft LLP.

Mr. Ackermann added, “The Board and staff of Lighthouse also offer profuse thanks to outgoing Chairman Roger Goldman for his tireless commitment to our organization and our causes, and for his steadfast commitment to helping Lighthouse prosper and grow during his tenure.”

Mr. Ripp, of Wilton, Connecticut, is currently Chief Executive Officer of Cannondale Investments Inc., a private equity backed investment firm. He was formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Dendrite International, Inc., a supplier of sales, marketing, clinical and compliance solutions for the pharmaceutical industry.  Prior to that, he was Vice Chairman at AOL and Chief Financial officer at Time Warner, Inc.  Ripp also serves on the Board of Trustees of Manhattan College and on the Board of Directors of the Advertising Educational Foundation; in addition, Ripp formerly served on executive committee of the Advertising Council, Inc. and A Better Chance, Inc.  He is also a founding member of the Wilton Educational Foundation.

Ms. Smith, of Manhattan, serves as controller and chief accounting officer of Goldman Sachs, overseeing the global controllers department.  She is also a member of Goldman’s Firmwide Risk and Commitments Committees and served as a member of the Business Standards Committee. She started at Goldman Sachs in 1996 as a vice president in Finance, rising to Managing Director in 1998 and controller and partner in 2002.

During his time as Chairman, Mr. Goldman oversaw many of Lighthouse’s programs and initiatives.  One highlight is the Double Up 4 Vision Tandem Bike Ride/Walk, launched in 2010 to raise awareness of the low vision epidemic. A unique feature of the event was the participation of teams of blind or visually-impaired stokers with sighted pilots.  The successful and continuing program helped inform the public that 80% of vision loss is preventable.

Lighthouse International

Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy. For more information about vision loss and its causes, contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500 or visit     



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