BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — The Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) Board of Directors has appointed Daniel Decker as director and the non-executive chairman of the board, effective Oct. 1. Decker will fill the vacancy resulting from the recent passing of Granger Cobb.
Decker has invested in the senior living industry for more than 20 years. He has been involved in the investment, through one private and four public companies, of approximately $2.5 billion of assets across the seniors housing spectrum. His recent investments include joining with KKR and Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company to acquire the operations of Sunrise Senior Living in 2013.
During his career, Decker has served on the boards of several REITs and seniors housing companies, including Omega Healthcare Investors Inc. (where he served as executive chairman and later chairman of the board), Sentio Healthcare Properties Inc., Health Care REIT Inc. and Forum Group Inc.
Decker is currently president and owner of CoastWood Senior Housing Partners LLC, an investment firm specializing in seniors housing and related services, which he founded in 2006.
Decker will succeed Jeffrey Leeds as non-executive chairman of the board. Leeds has served in the role since 2012 and will continue to serve as an independent director.
Decker earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the largest owner/operator of senior living communities in the United States, with approximately 1,135 communities in 47 states.