NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) announced today that Labeed Diab will join the Company as its Chief Operating Officer, and Lucinda (Cindy) Baier will join the Company as its Chief Financial Officer, concluding the executive search process previously announced by the Company. Both Mr. Diab and Ms. Baier will report to Andy Smith, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Diab will have responsibility for all aspects of operations, including community and field operations, marketing and sales. Ms. Baier will have responsibility for the Company's accounting, finance, tax, financial reporting and treasury functions. Mr. Diab is expected to start on November 16, 2015, and Ms. Baier is expected to start on December 1, 2015.
In addition, the Company announced that Mary Sue Patchett has been promoted to Executive Vice President – Community and Field Operations, reporting to Mr. Diab. Ms. Patchett has served as President of the Company's Southeast Division since 2013. The Company's other senior housing division presidents will report to Ms. Patchett and she will join Mr. Diab and Ms. Baier as new members of the Company's senior management executive committee.
As previously announced, Mark Ohlendorf, the Company's President and Chief Financial Officer, will step down as Chief Financial Officer upon Ms. Baier's joining the Company and will continue to serve in his role as President. In the near term, Mr. Ohlendorf will assist in the transition of his operating duties to Mr. Diab and his CFO duties to Ms. Baier. In his role as President, Mr. Ohlendorf will be responsible for revenue cycle management, strategy and innovation, owner relations, corporate development and acquisitions, and public policy and government affairs.
Mr. Diab brings significant retail and health & wellness operational leadership experience to the Company. Most recently, he served as President of Health and Wellness of Walmart's US division. He was responsible for the organization's full-service health and wellness offerings, including vision centers and primary care clinics, comprising approximately 5,000 nationwide locations with more than 85,000 associates. Mr. Diab was previously President of the Midwest division for Walmart US, managing retail stores and overseeing approximately 100,000 associates.
Ms. Baier has more than fifteen years of executive leadership experience in accounting, taxation, finance and treasury functions, having most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Navigant Consulting, Inc. In addition, she previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Central Parking System, Inc., Movie Gallery, Inc., and World Kitchen, LLC.
Ms. Patchett has over 30 years of senior care and housing experience serving in leadership roles, most recently as a Division President since February 2013. Prior to that, she was a Divisional Vice President since joining Brookdale in September 2011 with the Company's acquisition of Horizon Bay. At Horizon Bay, Ms. Patchett had served as Chief Operating Officer and as Senior Vice President of Operations.
"I am excited to welcome Labeed and Cindy, who bring decades of executive experience in large organizations with complex multi-site businesses, to help lead our organization," said Mr. Smith. "Labeed's mix of retail and health and wellness operational leadership experience is uniquely suited for Brookdale, and we will rely on his expertise to create stockholder value through improvements to our operational effectiveness," continued Mr. Smith. "Cindy brings to Brookdale extensive financial and strategic experience in a diverse set of industries. We will count on her leadership as we work to leverage our opportunities to create value and achieve long-term growth. Cindy's arrival in the Chief Financial Officer role will also allow Mark to focus on his role as President in areas critical to our business, including the Company's innovation initiatives. Finally, Mary Sue has accumulated tremendous operations experience in her more than three decades of leadership in our industry, and she will be key to blending Labeed's outside perspective with our business and culture," continued Mr. Smith.
Labeed Diab has served in operational leadership roles for the Walmart US division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. since 2009, most recently serving as its President of Health and Wellness, and prior to that serving as its President of Midwest Division and its Vice President and General Manager. He previously served as Regional Vice President of Aramark's Health Care Division and as Regional Vice President for Rite Aid Corporation. Mr. Diab began his career as a Pharmacy Manager with American Stores Company and later served in regional roles for CVS Caremark. Mr. Diab holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and is a Registered Pharmacist. Mr. Diab also completed an advanced management program from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business.
Lucinda Baier has more than fifteen years of executive leadership experience in accounting, taxation, finance and treasury functions, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Navigant Consulting, Inc., a specialized global expert services firm, since March 2013. Prior to that, she was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Central Parking System, Inc., a leading firm in parking management and marketing, having previously served as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Baier also previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Movie Gallery, Inc. and as Chief Financial Officer of World Kitchen, LLC. In addition, Ms. Baier serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., one of the largest regional department store operators in the United States. Ms. Baier is a graduate of Illinois State University, with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Accounting, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mary Sue Patchett
Mary Sue Patchett has over 30 years of senior care and housing experience serving in leadership roles, most recently serving as the Company's Southeast Division President and prior to that as Divisional Vice President since joining the Company in September 2011 in connection with the Company's acquisition of Horizon Bay. Previously, Ms. Patchett served as Chief Operating Officer of Horizon Bay and as its Senior Vice President of Operations. Ms. Patchett has served on numerous industry boards and is serving on the board of Florida Assisted Living Federation of America as its past chair. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from George Mason University.
About Brookdale Senior Living
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. We are committed to providing 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. Currently we operate independent living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care retirement centers, with approximately 1,135 communities in 47 states and the ability to serve approximately 110,000 residents. Through our ancillary services program, we also offer a range of outpatient therapy, home health, personalized living and hospice services.
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