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Abbott exec to take reins at Lincare

Abbott exec to take reins at Lincare

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Linde AG has named Kristen Hoefer CEO of Lincare, it announced today.

She succeeds the retiring John Byrnes.

Hoefer has spent 20 years at Abbott Laboratories, where she has held management positions in several divisions of the company. Most recently, she was in charge of the company's pharmaceutical business in Western Europe.

“We're delighted that we've been able to attract the caliber of Kristen Hoefer, a proven healthcare executive with international experience,” said Dr. Wolfgang Bchele, CEO of Linde AG, in an article posted on gasworld.“I am confident that she will continue to apply and develop the successful approach we've adopted to date in our strategically important healthcare business.”

The appointment is effective March 1.

Lincare offers respiratory, home infusion and home medical equipment services and supplies through more than 1,100 locations in 48 states.

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