ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rotech Healthcare Inc. (ROHI) (the “Company”) today announced that Philip L. Carter has notified the Company of his intention to retire as President and Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2012. Mr. Carter provided this notice pursuant to his amended employment agreement. As previously reported, the Company amended Mr. Carter’s employment agreement in August of 2011 specifically in contemplation of Mr. Carter’s future retirement and to provide for an orderly succession plan. Mr. Carter will remain on the Company’s Board of Directors after his retirement as President and Chief Executive Officer.
The Board of Directors intends to initiate a search process to select the Company’s next President and Chief Executive Officer and to engage an executive search firm to assist in the process of evaluating external and internal candidates.
“On behalf of the Board and the entire Company, I would like to thank Phil for his extraordinary leadership over these past ten years,” said Arthur J. Reimers, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “The Company’s operations are well positioned for the future, and the Company has a strong management team in place. Based on the transition plan the Company implemented last year with the amendment of Phil’s agreement, the Company believes we now have ample lead time for an orderly transition to conduct a thorough and thoughtful search to identify and appoint a successor.”
About Rotech Healthcare Inc.
Rotech Healthcare Inc. is one of the largest providers of home medical equipment and related products and services in the United States, with a comprehensive offering of respiratory therapy and durable home medical equipment and related services. The Company provides home medical equipment and related products and services principally to older patients with breathing disorders, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), which include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, obstructive sleep apnea and other cardiopulmonary disorders. The Company provides equipment and services in 49 states through approximately 420 operating locations located primarily in non-urban markets.
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Philip L. Carter, 407-822-4600
President & Chief Executive Officer