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CaroMont Health Retains Consultant


CaroMont Health Retains Consultant

To Conduct National CEO Search

Gastonia, NC – July 7, 2011 – CaroMont Health announced it has retained Witt/Kieffer in its search for a new CEO. The decision follows an RFP process in which executive search firms from around the country were reviewed by CaroMont’s Search Committee.

“The committee is charged with finding a visionary leader, strategic thinker and experienced health care executive who inspires excellence in others and who strives to work collaboratively across all constituencies served by CaroMont Health,” said CaroMont Health Board of Trustees Chairman Spurgeon Mackie, who heads the Search Committee. “After hours of careful deliberation about the search firms under consideration, we believe Witt/Kieffer presents the best team to help us achieve this goal.”

In May, CaroMont Health announced that President and CEO Valinda Rutledge was selected by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to serve as Director of the Patient Care Models Group at the CMS’s new Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Doug Luckett, CaroMont’s Executive Vice President, Operational Integration and Chief Operating Officer, is currently serving as acting CEO.

The Witt/Kieffer team will be meeting with the Search Committee to develop a process and timetable for the search. Witt/Kieffer is based in Oak Brook, Ill with offices nationwide and has been providing executive search services to health care organizations for more than 40 years. Witt/Kieffer Senior Vice President Andrew Chastain is based in the firm’s Atlanta, GA office and will be the lead consultant in the search. “We are looking forward to this opportunity,” commented Chastain. “A significant part of the process will include interviews with a wide variety of CaroMont stakeholders in order to ensure that we create an accurate profile for the ideal CEO.”

“We considered many variables in making this selection, including the ability to understand our organization, quality of work, professionalism, cultural fit between the search firm and CaroMont, access to talent, and cost,” Mackie said. “Witt/Kieffer brings a depth of resources and a breadth of industry knowledge that will serve us well in finding the individual who is the right fit for CaroMont Health.”

Potential candidates for the CEO position at CaroMont Health should contact Andrew Chastain at Witt/Keiffer by email, or by phone, 404-233-1370.