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Former HHGregg chief named CEO at health services firm

August 23, 2016

Dennis May, who left HHGregg Inc. in February after nearly seven years as CEO of the retail chain, has a taken a new job at a health care company that has plans for regional growth.

Hopebridge LLC, a Kokomo-based pediatric health services provider, has named May as CEO, the company announced Tuesday.

Hopebridge, which provides services to children with autism and conditions that require ongoing therapy, has clinics in seven Indiana cities.

The company said it has plans “for significant expansion in multiple states to meet the increasing needs of families touched by behavioral, physical, social, communication and sensory challenges.”

“Dennis has a proven track record of successfully leading the rapid expansion of a multi-site organization that stretches across multiple states,” Hopebridge founder and President Kim Strunk said in a written statement. “We are excited that he is going to use his experience to help Hopebridge continue to grow and serve even more children and families.”

May joined HHGregg in 1999 as chief operating officer, was named president in 2003 and became CEO in 2009. The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer grew from 16 stores to 227 during his 17-year stay.

May first joined Hopebridge in January as chairman of the board of directors.

“From my first exposure to Hopebridge, I have been impressed with the range of services offered and the unique coordinated care plan that helps improve the quality of life of every person touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder,” May said in written remarks. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity and to use my experience to help accelerate our expansion.”

HHGregg, which reported losses in the past 10 quarters, promoted Robert Riesbeck to replace May.

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