Bolstering the growth of the Franchise Network and the expansion of our brand are critical to our collective future. Aligning the resources necessary to help achieve our collective goals is an ongoing imperative. Today, we would like to share some organizational changes that will help us expand our support of the Franchise Network.
We are bringing additional leadership support to the network as Chris Tepe will be moving into a new role as Senior Director, Franchise Network. Chris will continue to report directly to Carl McManus and handle the Central Division of the U.S. He will partner with both Les Dass and Kevin Porter who will continue to support the Eastern and Western Divisions respectively. Chris joined the organization 5 years ago and we’re very excited to have his expertise put to work for the Network as he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role. Click here to view the U.S. Division Map.
Kym Clark, Director of Home Care and Quality Assurance, will continue her important work to support the Franchise Network. Kym has been with Comfort Keepers for almost ten years and has been instrumental in our ongoing support of franchisees. Kym’s education, experience, and dedication to our brand and to the network is deeply needed and appreciated.
We are allocating additional L&D resources to expand support of the Franchise Network under the direction of Leslie Waddell, Sr. Director of Learning and Development. L&D is currently collaborating with Joe Lawlor, VP of Human Resources, North America, as well as Network Leadership on a 3-part Symposium on Recruitment and Retention currently being rolled out to the Network. In addition, there are other Learning & Development initiatives in the works. Our L&D team is committed to providing high quality learning and development opportunities to our network.
Ken McCord, our VP of Operations Services, has made a personal decision to leave the organization to pursue other interests, effective March 22, 2018. We are very grateful to Ken for his significant contributions to Comfort Keepers and wish him nothing but the best going forward. Ken will continue to do some consulting for us in the short term as we transition.
With the departure of Ken McCord, our Research and Development properties in Northern California will continue their important work in R&D under the leadership of Tony Chung, VP of Company Operations, in collaboration with Martin Ng, our CIO.
Kevin Porter will continue in his current...