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Welch Allyn president and CEO to retire

Julie Shimer will leave at the end of 2012

— Julie Shimer, president and CEO of Welch Allyn for the past five years, has announced her intention to retire at the end of this year.

“After a long and fulfilling career that has lasted more than 30 years and offered the opportunity to work for wonderful companies in a number of different capacities, I am looking forward to retirement and the opportunity to spend more time with family,” Shimer said.

Shimer, a Minnesota native, began her career at Welch Allyn in 2002 when she joined the board of directors while living and working in California. In 2007, that board asked her to become president and CEO of the global medical technology company that has more than 2,700 employees.

Shimer is widely credited with developing the visionary “platform strategy” for Welch Allyn products and services, which led to a slate of solutions that enable healthcare professionals to access and manage patient data real time — ultimately allowing for more effective and efficient patient care.

“Julie’s vision and strategy for our company and our products was a game-changer for our customers and Welch Allyn. She embraced the challenge of continuous innovation which started with my great-grandfather, William Noah Allyn, and continued through four generations of our family. The shareholders and the board of directors are extremely grateful for Julie’s dedication to this strategy, and our company is well-positioned for the future because of it,” said Eric Allyn, a member of the board of directors.

Shimer became the first woman president and CEO of Welch Allyn in the company’s 95-year history when she took over in 2007. In her first two years on the job, Welch Allyn won “Best Places to Work™” accolades in Ireland and Mexico and broke ground on a $30 million expansion project at its global headquarters in Skaneateles Falls.

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