MANATEE -- Ladd Waldo is retiring as president and chief executive officer of Easter Seals Southwest Florida, effective Nov. 1.
He held those positions for 4 1/2 years after serving 2 1/2 years as chief financial officer.
Following retirement, Waldo will remain active in the community, serving in the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch. He will also be acting district governor for Rotary in 2016, serving Rotary clubs from Palmetto to Naples.
A certified public accountant since 1973, Waldo was audit supervisor for a major firm before devoting his career to nonprofits. He has served as CFO for hospitals, a liberal arts college, a hospice and Rotary International.
His career has taken him from Detroit to Iowa and Chicago before landing in Sarasota more than four
Easter Seals Southwest Florida has served people with disabilities for more than 65 years, providing educational and therapeutic services.
Waldo was instrumental in expanding the Easter Seals mission to open the Lily School for Child Development in 2012.
"Having opened the preschool allows our local Easter Seals to actively participate in Easter Seals National's goal of 'Make the First Five (Years) Count,'" he said. "Most children benefit significantly from the investments made during their first five years, with many delays corrected and disabilities supported with the latest knowledge available."
He and his wife, Sally Waldo, have four children and seven grandchildren.
Easter Seals board chairwoman Rose-Anne Frano said a search for Waldo's successor will begin immediately.
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