LAKE FOREST, Calif., Dec. 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Apria Healthcare Group Inc. (AHG), the holding company of Apria Healthcare, Inc. and Coram LLC, today announced that Chris A. Karkenny will depart the Company and transition his holding company responsibilities to Peter A. Reynolds, the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer and Controller, who will also become the Company’s principal financial officer as of January 1, 2013, following Mr. Karkenny’s departure on December 31, 2012.
Mr. Reynolds, who will report directly to AHG Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board John G. Figueroa, has over 25 years of healthcare experience and has served Apria since 2007 when he joined the Company as Chief Accounting Officer and Controller. Mr. Karkenny will continue to be available to the Company during a transition period.
The transition is associated with the Company’s previously-announced strategy of operating AHG’s two business units more autonomously with dedicated Finance/Accounting and other formerly shared services supporting each organization.
Commenting on the announcement, Blackstone Senior Managing Director and Apria Board Member Neil Simpkins said, “Chris’ strategic insight has been invaluable during his tenure with the Company. He led the overall merger and acquisition efforts, which resulted in the successful 2007 and 2011 acquisitions and integration of Coram and Praxair Healthcare Services, respectively–two leading competitors which greatly expanded Apria’s national footprint in its two core homecare segments. Together with Mr. Reynolds, he also expanded Apria’s internal audit and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance functions for accounting and information technology security systems.On behalf of the Apria Board of Directors, I want to thank Chris for his numerous contributions to the Company over the past six years and wish him every success in the future.”