par Bradley Rose
, Senior Designer | September 11, 2007
Mentor, Ohio - STERIS Corporation (NYSE: STE) announced that its Board of Directors has named Walter M. Rosebrough Jr., 53, president and chief executive officer, effective October 1, 2007, and has elected Mr. Rosebrough to the Company's Board effective that date. As announced previously, Les C. Vinney, 58, STERIS's president and chief executive officer since July 2000, will transition from this role on October 1, 2007 and thereafter continue to serve as a special advisor to the Company until his retirement in 2009.
Rosebrough has spent more than 20 years in the healthcare industry in a series of senior management positions. He served as president and chief executive officer of the Hill-Rom Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hillenbrand Industries, Inc. Rosebrough was executive vice president of Hillenbrand, Inc. when, in 2000, he left the company to lead Vasocor, Inc., a Credit Suisse First Boston-funded start-up healthcare company, as president and chief executive officer. Since early 2005, Rosebrough has served as the president and chief executive officer of Coastal Hydraulics, Inc., a private company.
"We are pleased with the addition of Walt to our leadership team. He is passionate about the healthcare industry and his 20-plus years of broad operational experience, in combination with his energy, enthusiasm and long track record of success provide great confidence to the Board that he is the right person to lead STERIS," commented John P. Wareham, chairman of the STERIS Board of Directors.
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