July 21, 2015 – Brookdale Senior Living Inc. has retained Heidrick & Struggles to fill its chief operating officer and chief financial officer roles. The company will consider both external and internal candidates. Mark Ohlendorf, the company’s president and CFO, will transition from his current dual roles to focus on an enhanced role as president. The company also announced that Gregory Richard, its current COO, will step down effective September 30. “As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Brookdale and Emeritus merger and near the conclusion of integrating our businesses onto a common systems platform, we had a natural opportunity to examine our executive leadership team and organizational structure to ensure we have the right people in the right roles going forward,” said Andy Smith, Brookdale’s CEO.
Heidrick & Struggles has recently completed completed a number of senior-level search assignments, including placing former Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. James Gerlach as president and CEO of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee and Thomas P. Ostebo as president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association.
Brookdale Senior Living is an operator of senior living communities throughout the U.S. The company provides senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents.
Chicago-headquartered Heidrick & Struggles is a provider of integrated senior-level executive search and leadership advisory services.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media