The Pennsylvania SPCA has named its new chief executive officer.
Julie Klim takes over the top spot after having served as interim CEO since August, when former CEO Jerry Buckley announced his retirement, the agency said.
“The board is delighted to name Julie Klim as the permanent CEO of the Pennsylvania SPCA,” said Jeffrey Griffiths, chairman of the PSPCA board of directors.
Klim joined the agency's board in 2014 and took over as finance chair in early 2016. She has also been a member of the organization’s humane education and legislation committees.
“As a life-long animal lover and dedicated advocate, I couldn’t be more thrilled to spend my days working toward creating a brighter future for animals throughout our state,” Klim said.
Previously, Klim was the chief operations officer and vice president of business development at BIO Ventures for Global Health in Washington, D.C.; principal and co-founder of Capital Royalty in Houston, Texas; and director of worldwide business development for GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting at Pennsylvania State University.
"We are confident that her experience in her professional life, paired with her passion for animals, will lend itself immensely to our organization as we continue our commitment to protecting animals, preventing cruelty and improving the health and quality of life for animals throughout Pennsylvania,” Griffiths said.