Spire Healthcare has begun the search for a permanent boss after executive chairman Garry Watts decided to revert to his previous role as non-executive chairman due to an illness.
Watts is undergoing treatment for a medical condition, meaning he may require periods away from the business, the independent hospital group said in a statement.
Simon Gordon, chief financial officer, will step in as interim chief executive with immediate effect while Spire begins the process of finding a permanent boss. Andrew Goldsmith, current head of finance, will become the interim finance boss.
Peter Bamford, deputy chairman and senior independent director of the FTSE 250 firm, thanked Watts for his work as executive chairman over the last year.
Watts resumed his role as executive chairman on in June last year following the departure of Spire's former chief executive Rob Roger. He intended to remain in the role for a 12 month period.
"Now that he is returning to his previous role as non-executive chairman we are very fortunate to be able to appoint Simon Gordon as interim chief executive, since his tenure with the company and previous interaction with our investors means he will move seamlessly into that role, while continuing to work closely with Garry. "