West Health COO Shelley Lyford to Succeed Nick Valeriani as CEO

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July 07, 2015

West Health CEO Nick Valeriani plans to retire in September, after three years overseeing the San Diego-based nonprofit medical research organization founded by the Nebraska telemarketing billionaire couple Gary and Mary West.

Valeriani, who was previously a Johnson & Johnson vice president, will remain on the Gary and Mary West Health Institute’s board of directors, and will join the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center’s board. Shelley Lyford, COO of the West Health Institute, will take over as CEO of West Health, according to a statement today. Lyford also heads the Gary and Mary West Foundation, which is focused on lowering healthcare costs, supporting senior wellness, and other initiatives.

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