Advocat names Campbell COO

Former Golden Living SVP to support 'strategic growth initiatives'

Advocat Inc. has named Leslie Campbell its executive vice president and COO, effective Jan. 1.

Campbell will oversee operating activities at the Brentwood-based provider of long-term care services, including direct oversight and management of all facets of facility operations leadership and significant components of corporate infrastructure.

"We are extremely pleased to attract an executive like Leslie with such broad and significant experience in our industry, especially as the Company continues its strategic growth initiatives,” Kelly Gill, Advocat’s president and CEO said in a release.

Campbell, 44, brings extensive long-term care experience to Advocat, a combined 21 years plus in the industry including 19 years with Golden Living where she served as senior vice president of operations. She joined Advocat in an interim role last August and will now be paid a base salary of $275,000. Her initial contract runs through June 30 and will be automatically extended by a year unless either party gives 30 days' notice.

Shares of Advocat (Ticker: AVCA) closed at $5.53 Wednesday, up more than 3 percent on the day. They're down about 15 percent in the past six months.