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LifeSource Announces New Chief Financial Officer, Fernando Valiente 

Former Medical Device Executive to Lead Financial Operations of Life-Saving Organization 

MINNEAPOLIS – LifeSource, the organ procurement organization (OPO) for the Upper Midwest, announced today that Luis Fernando Valiente (Fernando) has been selected as its next Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  

Valiente brings more than 25 years of finance experience, including 20 years at Medtronic. He most recently served as the Transformation Chief Financial Officer at Pentair. Valiente has his MBA in Finance and a B.S. in Accounting. 

“Fernando brings expertise in leading teams, implementing transformational strategies and has a strong business acumen,” said LifeSource Chief Executive Officer, Kelly White, RN MS. “Personally, he has a calm demeanor and an impactful leadership presence. After an extensive search, I knew that Fernando was a perfect fit for our organization.” 

“It is not often that you come across an organization whose mission has such a direct and profound impact on our communities,” said Valiente. “It’s an honor to apply skills and experience to make a tangible impact through mission-driven organization like LifeSource.”  

The CFO is responsible for oversight of financial operations, information services, and data systems and departments, including directors, managers and staff along with associated processes, tools and systems. Valiente succeeds Peter Farstad, who oversaw LifeSource financial operations for more than 20 years.  

Valiente’s first day as CFO will be October 30, 2023.  

About LifeSource 

LifeSource is the non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest, serving more than seven million people in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. LifeSource promotes donation in our communities through the Donate Life brand. We are relentlessly pursuing a day when no one dies waiting for a life-saving transplant. Learn more at