Sunrise Senior Living Appoints Mary Kay Gribbons as Chief Human Resources Officer, Maria Davlantes as Chief Marketing Officer

by Jeff Shaw

MCLEAN, Va. — Sunrise Senior Living has appointed Mary Kay Gribbons as chief human resources officer (CHRO) and Maria Davlantes as chief marketing officer (CMO).

Gribbons brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources and operations across industries. Most recently, she served as the CHRO for Dean Foods, the largest dairy processor in the U.S. with $8 billion in revenue, more than 15,000 teammates and 70 plants. There she led a formal restructuring, developed programs to retain leaders and enhanced internal communication during a period of intense change.

Previously, as CHRO of the nation’s leading wholesale pet product distributor, Animal Supply Co., Gribbons played a role in merging five separate businesses into one cohesive organization through culture-building efforts. Prior to that, she spent 25 years at American Airlines, where she served as general manager for the Kansas City International Airport and other senior HR leadership positions.

Gribbons holds an MBA from Duke University and bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University.

Davlantes’ more than 30-year career spans all areas of marketing, as well as experience in business building, including organic and inorganic growth strategies, leading team efforts to scale businesses and transform digital experiences; manage consumer brand expansions; create and lead data science, analytics and marketing performance programs; and develop products.

Prior to joining the Sunrise team, Davlantes served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Heartland Dental, the largest dental support organization in the U.S., supporting more than 1,000 dental offices across 38 states. Previously, Davlantes served in CMO, marketing leadership and consulting roles for many segment leaders.

Davlantes earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she also received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

Based in McLean, Sunrise is the fourth-largest operator of seniors housing in the United States, according to the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA).

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