The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) has announced that Christine Jones has been appointed Chief Operating Officer effective immediately reporting to Jonathan W. Simons, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

In this role, Jones will contribute to the strategic growth of the PCF through the development of new business opportunities and the establishment of stronger corporate alliances. She will also oversee the PCF’s daily operations and initiatives to help the organization achieve its mission to accelerate research for better treatments and cures.

Jones is the former Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Godaddy Operating Company LLC.  She has also served as CEO of Great Hearts Academies, the largest provider of K-12 classical, liberal arts education in the nation.

“I am honored to assume this role at PCF, the world’s premier foundation funding prostate cancer research led by Dr. Simons, a physician-scientist, medical oncologist and an internationally recognized leader in prostate cancer research,” Jones said. “This is an exciting moment to join the team which has made more of an impact on this cancer than any other organization. I look forward to leading the charge to expand our global research enterprise and defeat prostate cancer once and for all.”

“Christine’s executive leadership credentials and proven capabilities will positively impact the PCF’s future initiatives which include bringing precision oncology to the global community of men with prostate cancer along with their family, friends and loved ones,” said Simons. “I look forward to collaborating with Christine as we work toward accelerating our ability to fund research that leads to treatments and cures.”

Throughout her distinguished career, Jones has been at the forefront of the fight to make the Internet better and safer for users, particularly children. She has testified numerous times before U.S. Congressional Committees in Washington, D.C. about various issues related to the Internet. She also helped drive federal Internet-related legislation.

Prior to Godaddy, Christine worked for a Phoenix law firm focusing primarily on commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Christine worked for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, where she spent time in a variety of departments, including the Compton Special Investigations and Hard Core Gang Divisions. Prior to entering the practice of law, Ms. Jones practiced as a certified public accountant for several national and international banks in both retail and commercial banking.

Jones stays involved in many volunteer and charitable projects. She serves on the Board of Directors for her church, as well as multiple non-profits.

Submitted by Donald Wilson