Jeff Leer Appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
Board of Directors Engages Healthcare Consulting Group of Alvarez & Marsal to Conduct Operational Review
NEWTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AlerisLife Inc. (Nasdaq: ALR) today announced that it has named Jeff Leer as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2022. Mr. Leer has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of ALR since 2019 and will continue these responsibilities. Mr. Leer succeeds Katie Potter, who resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 30, 2022.
ALR also announced that its Board of Directors has engaged the healthcare consulting group of Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) to conduct a comprehensive operational review. A&M expects to complete its review and make recommendations to the Board of Directors for consideration by the end of the second quarter. The Board does not intend to commence a search for a permanent CEO until A&M’s operational review is completed.
Adam Portnoy, Chair of the AlerisLife Board of Directors, said:
“Jeff’s experience as the Company’s CFO positions him well to lead the business on an interim basis and work with A&M as they review AlerisLife’s operations. Given the dynamic shifts in the senior living industry and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that now is the right time to undertake an operational review to ensure that the Company will deliver enhanced financial performance and value creation over the long term.”
“On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Katie for her years of leadership and vision at ALR and the senior living industry. Katie’s tenure included guiding the Company through the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and creating a business foundation to help position ALR to service the senior living industry.”
Prior to joining AlerisLife in 2019, Mr. Leer held senior accounting and finance positions at The RMR Group (Nasdaq: RMR) and its affiliates, including serving as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Office Properties Income Trust (Nasdaq: OPI). Previously, Mr. Leer held various accounting and finance positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including Boston Scientific Corporation and Dell Technologies. Mr. Leer is also a certified public accountant.
Jeff Leer, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, said:
“I have the support of the strong team in place across AlerisLife, including the accounting and finance groups, as I take on the additional responsibilities of serving as Interim President & CEO. In the short term, my focus will be on working with A&M to advance the operational review of the business while supporting the Board.”
About AlerisLife (Nasdaq: ALR):
AlerisLife enriches and inspires the lives of its older adult customers across the United States by delivering an exceptional and enhanced resident experience to senior living and active adult residents, while also offering lifestyle services to the younger “choice-based” consumer. The Company is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.alerislife.com.
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