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Chief Executive Officer

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Witt/Kieffer, the preeminent executive search firm providing outstanding leadership solutions to organizations committed to improving the quality of life, announces an exceptional opportunity for a seasoned, mission-oriented executive to lead one of the country’s premier, private, non-profit organizations committed to helping people who suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction. Ashley Addiction Treatment (Ashley) seeks a new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the organization with the transition of their current President, Father Mark Hushen who has led Ashley since 2007. Father Mark will remain with Ashley in an Emeritus role and further the legacy of Father Martin inspiring patients and staff.

Ashley was founded in 1983 by Father Joseph C. Martin, S.S. and his friend and business partner, Mae Abraham, whose maiden name was Ashley. The two first met at one of his award-winning “Chalk Talks” at Johns Hopkins University in 1964. Mae Abraham initiated the idea to build a treatment facility. Having suffered from the disease of alcoholism, they were inspired to make a change and help other addicts get well.

Father Martin was widely regarded as a pioneer in his field and as an inspirational leader. It was his direct and compassionate approach to healing that was so innovative. He removed stigmas that deemed addiction a choice, rather than a disease, and encouraged holistic treatment to maintain lasting recovery. Many supporters still watch Father Martin’s videos as motivating recovery tools. Today, Ashley’s expert team is committed to preserving the spirit of its founders by helping more people get the treatment they need to heal.

Reporting to the Ashley Addiction Treatment Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of Ashley in a manner that allows the organization to thrive and excel into the future.

The ideal candidate will be a strategic, mission-driven, contemporary leader with proven success leading healthcare organizations, and have a passion for addiction and recovery issues. He/she will demonstrate an extensive knowledge of health care systems and issues related to the quality of health care services and have a track record of success in the areas of clinical quality, service excellence and financial performance. Prior experience as a CEO or an executive with extensive board interaction is preferred. Candidates must have a strong and successful track record in operations and strategic planning. Experience with healthcare delivery and philanthropy will all be beneficial. We seek individuals with strong emotional and social intelligence who have demonstrated an ability to connect with individuals in a meaningful way at all levels of an organization.

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Nominations, expressions of interest and applications (including a cover letter and resume) should be submitted via email to: Material that cannot be emailed may be sent to the Ashley Addiction Treatment CEO search team members at: Rachel Polhemus/James U. King, III, c/o Wendy Brower, Witt/Kieffer, 7733 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 725, Clayton, MO 63105, Phone: 314-754-6072.

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