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Aurora Health Care Board begins CEO search as Ed Howe announces retirement

Friday, March 24, 2006

MILWAUKEE, Wis., The Board of Directors of Aurora Health Care will initiate a search for a new president and chief executive officer, as G. Edwin Howe announced his intention to retire as president of the Milwaukee-based health care system.

Howe, 65, made the announcement today to Aurora’s nearly 25,000 employees. He said that he would continue to serve as president until a successor is in place.

Ed Howe“I have been blessed to lead the wonderful people who make up the Aurora community the past 32 years,” Howe said. “The time has come to hand over the responsibility to the next generation.”

Mary Ellen Stanek, an Aurora board member and managing director of Milwaukee-based investment firm Robert W. Baird & Co., will chair a search committee. The board has devoted itself to succession planning regularly over the years and has the responsibility to assess management and select a successor as president and CEO, she said.

The search committee has been considering national search firms and announced that it has selected the SpencerStuart executive search firm to assist the committee and the board through an organizational needs assessment, an assessment of potential internal candidates and a nationwide search. The committee will not set a definitive deadline for the naming of a successor, Stanek said.

“Ed Howe has built a strong platform for the future of Aurora Health Care,” Stanek said. “The strength of the organization at every level is a testament to his leadership, vision and ability to bring people together to create a world-class health care system designed to serve the needs of people here in Wisconsin.”

Bev Greenberg, chair of the Aurora board and vice president of public affairs for Time Warner Cable, said: “The board is committed to a rigorous succession planning process – one that will identify a leader who will work to realize the next phase of our future as a leading-edge health care system.”

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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G. Edwin Howe biography (Adobe Acrobat file)

Contact:

Jeff Squire
414-647-3408

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