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Former Dallasite Jeffrey Brewer named President & CEO of JDRF International; Recently Visits JDRF Dallas Chapter

July 28, 2010

Jeffrey Brewer, a JDRF Volunteer, Philanthropist, and former internet executive, has been named President of the National Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The former Dallas resident, who attended Jesuit Preparatory School and SMU, recently visited the Dallas Chapter where he met with staff and board members to discuss his goals for JDRF.


Michael Keith, Plains Capital Bank/JDRF Executive Board member; Jeffrey Brewer, President, JDRF International; Greg Gallant, President, Texans Credit Union, past JDRF Dallas President

An entrepreneur, Mr. Brewer has been a passionate JDRF volunteer and donor for the past eight years, playing a key leadership role in the organization’s research activities. He became involved with JDRF soon after his son, Sean, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2002. He has served as a director of JDRF’s International Board since 2004, is a reviewer on JDRF’s Lay Review Committee (which judges the potential of diabetes research from the perspective of people impacted by diabetes), and has been an active member and donor for the foundation’s New York Chapter.

As a JDRF volunteer, he has been particularly involved in leading the organization’s Artificial Pancreas Project, which over the past four years has significantly accelerated both academic and industry research leading to the development of automated systems to better control diabetes in children, teens, and adults. In addition to improving the lives of people with type 1 diabetes, the improved control that these systems can provide will lower the risk of dangerous low-blood sugar emergencies, reduce the risk of long-term complications, and potentially improve the efficacy of cures and treatments as they become available.

“As a volunteer, it is so humbling and rewarding to work side by side with our passionate volunteers and our impressive staff in our collective effort to advance the pace of research leading to better treatments and cures for people with diabetes,” Mr. Brewer said. “I feel we are on the cusp of exciting research progress that can make a real difference in the lives of people living with this terrible disease – including some tangible advances delivered to patients in the not-too-distant future. I’m honored to become a full-time part of driving us towards our goals, and helping us translate research into drugs and devices that will help people with type 1 diabetes live better, longer and healthier, and ultimately to remove this disease from people’s lives forever.”

Mr. Brewer was co-founder of Overture Services, formerly known as, in 1998; he also served as CEO and a director. was the first pay-for-placement and pay-for-click search advertising system, and set the standard for the current model of search advertising. After going public in 1999, the company was acquired by Yahoo in 2002.

Denise Lyman, President, Paramount Communications, Inc., Member, JDRF Executive Board; Jeffrey Brewer, President, JDRF International; Bill Munck, Partner, Munck Carter Law Firm, JDRF Board Member

Previously, he co-founded CitySearch in 1995, where he was a director, Chief Technology Officer, and Vice President of Development. CitySearch was the first online city guide providing current localized information and recommendations for arts and entertainment events, community activities, shopping and services. It went public in 1998.

Mr. Brewer has a degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife Deborah live in New York City and have a daughter, Katherine, as well as their son, Sean.

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