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Keiro Launches Search and Appoints Interim President & CEO

Los Angeles, CA—Keiro today announced the retirement of President & Chief Executive Officer, Shawn Miyake, effective June 30, 2016, after more than 20 years of dedicated, compassionate service to seniors in the Japanese American and Japanese community.

“Shawn Miyake has provided invaluable care for our loved ones—parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and friends—for more than two decades at the helm of Keiro,” said Board Chairman Gary Kawaguchi. “We extend our deepest gratitude to Shawn for his commitment and years of service to Keiro, and the lasting impact his work has had on Japanese American and Japanese seniors and families.”

Earlier this year, Keiro repositioned its focus from operating long-term healthcare facilities to programmatically supporting thousands of Japanese American and Japanese older adults in Southern California.  The organization is now expanding its reach from serving the 600 residents of its four former healthcare facilities, to serving the 70,000 older adults in our Japanese American and Japanese community who live in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.

As Keiro moves forward and as management needs shift following the recent sale of its facilities, the organization will conduct an extensive search for a new president & CEO with the skills, background and experience needed to guide the organization into the future. Keiro is in the process of engaging a firm to assist in its search for a new executive. With the firm’s guidance, Keiro will recruit a high-level individual well-poised to lead the organization for years to come.

“This is a natural point for change and important next step in our organization’s evolution,” added Kawaguchi. “We are highly focused on recruiting a strong leader who will embody Keiro’s values and vision for the future, upholding Keiro’s mission to enhance the quality of life for seniors in Our Community.”

The Keiro Board of Directors has appointed Gene Kanamori to serve as interim president & CEO while the search process for the new president & CEO is underway. Having served as Keiro’s Director of Administration and Human Resources for the past 10 years, the Board knows that Kanamori is a proven leader and the best choice for ensuring that Keiro’s services and programs continue during this transition.

“Keiro has been rooted in the Japanese American and Japanese community for more than five decades, and we look forward to building on that legacy as we evolve to meet the changing needs of our older adults,” stated Kawaguchi.

As more seniors choose to age at home, Keiro provides the support and resources to help older adults, their families, and caregivers achieve the aging experience they choose. Keiro’s programs support its mission, and are focused on improving the health and quality of life for older adults, supporting caregivers and continuing programs that support residents of Keiro’s former facilities.

“We wish Shawn all the best as he begins his well-deserved retirement after decades of extraordinary service,” added Kawaguchi.

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Gene Kanamori to serve as Keiro’s interim president & CEO while the search process for the new president & CEO is underway.







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