Denis Cortese, president and chief executive officer of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will retire in November, and a search committee process started to select his successor in May, according to Karl Oestreich, a spokesman for the system. Cortese, who turned 65 Feb. 27, had previously announced his intention to retire at this age, Oestreich said. He has served as CEO for nine of the 40 years he has spent at Mayo. Mayo did not make a formal announcement about his retirement; rather, it was announced as part of the search process for a new CEO to the system leadership on Feb. 25 and in a note to employees on Feb. 27, according to Oestreich. James Barksdale, board chairman at Mayo, is leading the search committee, and the committee will consider both internal and external candidates to succeed Cortese, according to Oestreich. He said Cortese will stay engaged in healthcare, given that he has been very active on health policy and the healthcare reform front.
Late News: Mayo Clinic CEO Cortese plans to retire in November
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