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Sunrise Senior Living Announces Strategic Appointments to its Board of Directors

Today, Sunrise announces the appointment of Jeff Kuster, chief executive officer of Canyon Ranch and a seasoned leader across the global health, wellness, and lifestyle industries, to its Board of Directors. Julie Dobson, who has served on Sunrise’s Board since 2018, was also named Board Chair. Ms. Dobson succeeds Jeff Lozon as Board Chair, who is retiring and rotating off the Sunrise Board after seven years of service.

“Looking forward to our next 40 years, Sunrise seeks to inspire a new, preferred way of life that that celebrates ongoing purposeful living, proactive wellness, and a sense of community for each resident who chooses to call Sunrise home,” said Jack Callison, Sunrise’s chief executive officer.  “Jeff’s proven track record of creating curated experiences for consumers across multiple brands and industries, coupled with his deep experience in integrating hospitality with wellness, make him uniquely qualified to help Sunrise continue innovating to foster positive aging and proactive well-being.”

Mr. Kuster has more than 30 years of global leadership and brand experience and currently serves as chief executive officer at Canyon Ranch, a wellness guidance company with resorts and retreats where guests are guided by world-class experts across a range of wellness disciplines.  Previously, Mr. Kuster served as Group President, North America at Ralph Lauren, where he oversaw all commercial and operating activities including retail, digital commerce, wholesale, and factory stores. He also held executive roles at Cornerstone Brands, Fruit of the Loom and VF Corporation after serving as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company.  Additionally, Mr. Kuster has dedicated his career to improving global communities through organizations such as the Peace Corps in West Africa and Doctors Without Borders in Romania.  He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and MPP from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

“I am honored to join the Sunrise board at such an exciting time for the organization, as it celebrates 40 years of leadership in senior living while preparing to take advantage of favorable market demographics and serve a new generation of seniors with different life experiences and expectations,” said Jeff Kuster. “Throughout my entire career, I have worked to understand how brands can best understand the wants, needs and desires of consumers and design lifestyle products that give them meaning and purpose. I look forward to working with the talented Sunrise team as they continue to positively impact the lives of senior adults and their families throughout North America.”

The Sunrise board has also appointed Julie Dobson as Board Chair.  Ms. Dobson succeeds Jeff Lozon, who is retiring after serving as Board Chair since 2014.

 “We look forward to continuing to partner closely with Julie in her new role as Board Chair as we develop and deliver on our long-term strategic growth plan focused on driving value for all Sunrise stakeholders,” said Callison.  “Julie brings such a strategic perspective and diverse background to Sunrise; we are grateful for her ongoing service and value her unwavering commitment to our mission of championing quality of life for all seniors.” 

“I am honored to serve as Sunrise Board Chair as we seek to drive value for Sunrise team members on the front lines of our communities, for our residents and families who have placed their trust in Sunrise, and for our shareholders and long-term owners we have the privilege of managing for,” said Julie Dobson.  “Sunrise has an incredibly bright future with outsized growth opportunities.  We are committed to continued investment in our highly scalable operating platform, and to strategically building out our proprietary development pipeline, a proven source of differentiated growth for our business.”

“The Sunrise executive leadership team and Board also wants to express our collective appreciation for Jeff Lozon, who previously served as Board Chair for the past seven years.” said Callison.  “Jeff’s long-term dedication and loyalty to the organization is to be commended and we wish him the very best in his retirement.”

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