CEO Paul Martodam diagnosed with cancer
The board of directors of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis has named Robert K. Spinner as co-CEO to share responsibility and authority with CEO Paul Martodam.
The board has also named a search committee to begin a national search for a new chief executive officer. Martodam recently announced he has cancer.
Martodam and Spinner will have equal responsibilities for and authority in the agency.
Martodam recently informed the board of directors and staff of Catholic Charities that he has stage IV esophageal cancer that has spread.
“The board of directors and all of Catholic Charities has dedicated themselves to supporting Paul and his family as they go through this journey. These decisions were made with Paul’s full support and at his urging,” Mary W. Frey, chair of the board of directors, was quoted in a press release from the agency. “We are heartbroken at Paul’s diagnosis. We are amazed by his grace and his sense of peace. And we are humbled by his dedication to taking care of the agency, allowing us to serve those most in need.”
The board made these decisions because of the uncertainty of the course of Martodam’s cancer and how he will respond to continued treatment and because of the need to provide continued leadership to the agency.
“I fully support the decisions of the board of directors and encouraged them to make it,” Martodam said in the release. “The mission of Catholic Charities is profoundly important and is bigger than any one of us who works or volunteers at the agency. I am grateful for the board’s commitment to support me and my family, and I am awed by the outpouring of support from the board, staff at Catholic Charities and the community.”
Martodam is scheduled to begin additional treatment this week.
He became CEO of Catholic Charities in January. He previously served as CEO of Catholic Charities services in Phoenix, a position he held since 1993.
Spinner, who served as interim CEO from June 2009 to December 2009 and was previously chair of the board, will begin his duties next week. He previously was president of Allina Hospitals and Clinics.