Brookdale Senior Living Appoints Andy Smith as Chief Executive Officer

Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:33pm EST

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.,  Feb. 11, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Brookdale Senior Living Inc.
(NYSE: BKD) today announced that its Board of Directors has selected  T. Andrew
(Andy) Smith  to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Company.  Mr. Smith,
currently the Company's Executive Vice President and General Counsel, will
succeed  Bill Sheriff  as CEO, who had previously announced his intent to retire
after 28 years with the Company and its predecessors. Mr. Smith will assume the
new role on the first business day following the filing of the Company's Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended  December 31, 2012, which the Company
expects to occur within approximately the next week.

Jeffrey R. Leeds, Brookdale's Chairman, commented, "The Board conducted an
extensive search for  Bill Sheriff's successor, which considered candidates
inside and outside the Company.  We concluded that Andy's sharp intellect, deep
understanding of and experience in the senior living industry, and his strong
commitment to our philosophy and values best qualifies him to lead our Company
into the future."

Mr. Leeds continued, "Andy assumes leadership of a company with a unique
position in the senior living industry in terms of the size, scope and quality
of its product offerings.  This commanding presence is a testament to  Bill
Sheriff's vision and wisdom in the years since he became co-CEO and, eventually,
sole CEO of Brookdale.  On behalf of the entire Board, I want to express our
sincere gratitude for Bill's dedicated service to our shareholders, our
associates and our residents."

Mr. Sheriff added, "I have worked closely with Andy for more than 25 years, and
I have tremendous confidence in his business expertise, his healthcare and real
estate experience, his values and his integrity.  Over the last six years, Andy
has been a key executive officer, driving Brookdale's growth and success through
a broad set of both strategic and operational responsibilities that gave him a
comprehensive understanding of the Company's operations, challenges and
opportunities.  He has continuously demonstrated his strong judgment and
management capabilities through his diverse and substantial contributions,
including effecting major transactions that factored into the Company's historic
growth.  Andy is absolutely the right person to lead the Company and our
associates forward to ensure that our residents and their families continue to
receive outstanding service and to maximize Brookdale's shareholder value."

Mr. Smith has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel since
joining the Company in  October 2006  and as a member of the senior management
Executive Committee since its formation.  In addition to his role in managing
the Company's legal affairs, Mr. Smith has been responsible for management and
oversight of the Company's corporate development functions (including
acquisitions and expansion and development activity); corporate finance
activities (including capital structure, debt and lease transactions and
lender/lessor relations); strategic planning; and risk management.  Prior to
joining the Company, Mr. Smith was an attorney for nearly 21 years with Bass,
Berry & Sims PLC, where he was a member of the firm's corporate and securities
group and served as the chair of the firm's healthcare group. While at Bass,
Berry & Sims, he served American Retirement Corporation (a predecessor company
to Brookdale) as outside General Counsel.

Mr. Smith commented, "It is an honor both to be named CEO of a company whose
associates do so much every day to enrich the lives of our residents and their
families and to follow  Bill Sheriff, who has led the growth of Brookdale to its
strong position of industry leadership.  Speaking for all of the associates at
Brookdale, I thank Bill for his excellent leadership and deep commitment to the
Company's success, and I look forward to continuing to benefit from his
expertise and counsel.

"This transition takes place at an exciting time for Brookdale.  Our platform is
well-positioned to continue our growth in average occupancy and other key
operating and financial metrics. We will remain highly focused on driving
superior operating and financial results.  We are confident that as we achieve
our objectives, we will also continue to meet our goal of enhancing shareholder
value.  At the same time, we remain fully committed to providing our residents
with superior service and supporting our associates' ability to perform."

About Brookdale Senior Living

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is a leading owner and operator of senior living
communities throughout the United States.  The Company is committed to providing
an exceptional living experience through properties that are designed,
purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and
living accommodations for residents.  Currently the Company operates independent
living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care
retirement centers, with 647 communities in 36 states and the ability to serve
approximately 66,700 residents.  Through its Innovative Senior Care program, the
Company also offers a range of outpatient therapy, home health and hospice
services, primarily to residents of its communities.

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SOURCE  Brookdale Senior Living Inc.


Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Ross Roadman, Senior Vice President, Investor
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