The executive board of the Medical Society of Delaware announced that Mark B. Thompson was named as the society’s next executive director, a position he assumes effective July 1.

The announcement comes after a conducting a national search to replace Mark A. Meister who announced his retirement in January. Meister has served in this capacity since joining MSD in April of 1989.

Thompson has nearly 25 years of experience in health care, including the last six years serving as the Medical Society’s external affairs officer where he was responsible for government relations, public relations and community outreach initiatives, as well as the Delaware Medical Political Action Committee. He also is active on a number of committees and boards including the Delaware Health Resources Board and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Health Care Committee.

Before coming to MSD in May 2011, Thompson had served as associate director, community relations at Georgetown University Medical Center; director of marketing and community relations for St. Francis Healthcare Services in Wilmington; director of public relations and community health for Beebe Medical Center; and as assistant vice president, communications and marketing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and Masters of Health Services Administration from the George Washington University.