Jesse Jantzen has been appointed president and CEO of Lifespace Communities, West Des Moines, IA, effective April 1, after a year-long national search.

With a career spanning almost 30 years, Jantzen has held similar positions with Ascension Living and Elder Care Alliance as well as various leadership positions with Life Care Services. Most recently, he was CEO of Lutheran Life Communities.

As Jantzen transitions into his new role, Larry Smith, the company’s interim president and CEO, will transition back to his role as the company’s chief financial officer.

Lifespace Communities owns and operates 15 continuing care retirement communities in eight states, serving more than 5,100 residents and employing more than 3,900.