Welch Allyn president and CEO to retire

Julie Shimer will leave at the end of 2012

— Prior to joining Welch Allyn, Shimer served as president and CEO of Vocera Communications, a leading wireless communications company based in Cupertino, Calif. She also held executive positions at 3Com Corporation, Motorola and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

“I am extremely proud of all we have accomplished together in my 10-year association with this fine company, and I look forward to redoubling our efforts in 2012 to make sure we continue to provide the best solutions for our customers that are made by the best workforce in the world,” Shimer said.

Shimer moved to Skaneateles from California in 2007, and currently lives in a house on West Lake Road. In an interview with Syracuse Woman Magazine, for which she was the November/December 2011 issue cover story, Shimer said living on Skaneateles Lake has made her grateful for fresh air, minimal traffic and a quiet neighborhood, away from the hustle and bustle of a large city. She loves to swim in the lake (or at the Skaneateles YMCA in winter) and hike nature trails with her husband Jary.

Shimer has given no indication if she will continue living in Skaneateles after her retirement, said Welch Allyn VP for Corporate Communications Matt Chadderdon.

In March of 2011 Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Shimer the chairperson for New York’s Empire State Development Corporation. Shimer currently holds board positions with Welch Allyn, Netgear and CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity.

She is actively involved in programs that encourage women to enter engineering fields and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Society for Women Engineers.

“Julie’s passion for innovation and technology has served the company well and will continue to be her legacy long after she retires,” said Jim Crook, Chairman of the Welch Allyn Board of Directors. “The Board of Directors has appointed a search committee and hired an outside executive search firm to assist in securing the new CEO. This search will include internal and external candidates and Julie’s timing will allow for a smooth and successful transition,” stated Crook.

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