Richard Davidson, the American Hospital Association's long-serving president, isn't talking about retirement from the Chicago-based trade group, said Richard Wade, an AHA spokesman. "There are no active discussions about that," he said.
The 68-year-old's continued tenure hinges on three things: his health and the health of Davidson's family; the board's faith in his ability to effectively do the job; and Davidson's excitement and commitment to the work, Wade said. "Until one of those things changes, he's here," Wade said. "Clearly, at some point he'll set a date for his retirement."
Davidson became AHA president in 1991.
The AHA's 2005-2007 strategic plan does not contain a road map for how the association might handle the transition from one CEO to the next.
It does not address succession planning, Wade said.