AHCA: 'Powerful' new CEO on the wish list

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AHCA: 'Powerful' new CEO on the wish list
AHCA: 'Powerful' new CEO on the wish list

A committee of about 15 people has been named to assist search firm Russell Reynolds Associates find a replacement for Bruce Yarwood, who will retire later this year as the president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living.

The 67-year-old Yarwood has spent 22 years in Washington as a provider lobbyist, and has served in his current role for the last half decade. Yarwood suffered a nearly fatal brain aneurysm last fall, which kept him out of the office for more than two months. But his decision to retire had been made long before then, Board Chair Robert Van Dyk confirmed.

“He's been a huge positive influence—his contacts, his relationships, his personality, his sense of humor, and his understanding of the profession,” Van Dyk said. “I tell Bruce, ‘You are an anomaly.'”

As of press time, the search committee was  determining characteristics that Yarwood's replacement should possess. Its goal is to announce a new leader in time for the group's annual convention in October, Van Dyk said.