Invacare: C. Martin Harris Is Interim Chairman

Following the December retirement of its founder A. Malachi "Mal" Mixon, Invacare Corp. has announced the appointment of C. Martin Harris, M.D., as its interim chairman of the board of directors.

Harris joined the Invacare board of directors in 2003, and he became lead director in 2012.

In the news announcement of his appointment, Harris said, "On December 21, 2014, we recognized the retirement of Mal Mixon, who has been a driving force behind the success and legacy of Invacare Corp. As the board of directors considers a new chairman and continues the search for the future chief executive officer of the organization, we believe it is appropriate to have an interim chairman role. As lead director, it is a natural transition for me to accept these responsibilities, and I look forward to continuing to work with the board and senior management team as we focus on key issues critical to the company."

Harris is listed as a staff member in the Department of General Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He is also Cleveland Clinic's Chief Information Officer.

Mixon continues as a non-employee member of Invacare's board this year and will be nominated for one additional term. After that, the news announcement said, Mixon will reach the board's mandatory retirement age of 75.

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