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Mary Lou Klee Named Chief Human Resources Officer; Jerry Venable to Retire from Kaleida Health

Updated: 9/13/2019

Jerry Venable, executive vice president (EVP) and chief human resources officer for Kaleida Health, has announced that he is retiring from the organization, effective October 1.

Mary Lou Klee, currently vice president of corporate human resources, affiliations and integration for Kaleida Health has been named the new EVP and chief human resources officer.

“We wish Jerry nothing but the best and we thank him for his efforts and accomplishments these past few years,” said Jody Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health.

Venable is having hip replacement surgery this week and has decided to retire in conjunction with it.

Klee has been with Kaleida Health since 2006, when she joined the organization as a corporate recruiter. She has been promoted three times, first to director of corporate employment and most recently to her current position as vice president overseeing everything from corporate recruitment to integration issues with our affiliations.

Lomeo said, “Mary Lou brings a tremendous amount of experience, continuity and leadership to the team. We are pleased and fortunate to have her step into the senior HR role going forward.”

Klee has nearly 30 years of experience in the human resources field.

Prior to Kaleida Health, she served as human resources director for Clairol, an international consumer products company. Before that, she owned and operated Klee & Associates, Inc., a distribution company for specialty operating room equipment. She also spent 10 years as general manager for a large recruitment firm in Denver, CO.

An HR veteran with 25 years of experience, Venable came to Kaleida Health in 2017 from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the largest health systems in the country.

In his time with Kaleida Health, he worked successfully on a variety of employee related issues including engagement, performance management and leadership development.