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Welch Allyn CEO to retire

SKANEATELES FALLS — Welch Allyn President and CEO Julie Shimer will retire at the end of 2012.
“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 in a news release.
Shimer took the top job at Welch Allyn, a medical-device manufacturer, in 2007 as the first woman to lead the company in its 95-year history. She had been serving on the board of directors since 2002.
One of the highlights of her tenure was the start of a $30 million expansion at the company’s headquarters in Skaneateles Falls.
Before leading Welch Allyn, Shimer served as president and CEO of Vocera Communications, a wireless communications company based in Cupertino, Calif. She also held executive positions at 3Com Corp., Motorola, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Welch Allyn’s board has appointed a search committee and hired an executive search firm to assist in finding Shimer’s successor. The company, based in Skaneateles Falls, employs more than 2,700 people in 26 countries.
Contact Tampone at ktampone@cnybj.com
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