Invacare Corporation (Invacare), a developer of health care products for the non-acute care, has elected Dale C. LaPorte as its new board member, effective February 12, 2009. LaPorte has long history with Invacare and extensive familiarity with the company, including the risk management aspects of Invacare's business operations, as well as corporate governance matters will allow him to add valuable insight to the board.
LaPorte was recently retired as senior vice president – business development and general counsel of Invacare.
Prior to serving as senior vice president and general counsel of Invacare, LaPorte was a partner at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP from 1974 to 2005 and served as chairman of that firm for five years from 2000 to 2004. LaPorte is past chairman of the Section of Corporation, Business and Banking Law of the Cleveland Bar Association. He also is very involved in activities in the Greater Cleveland community, including having served as a member of the board of directors of Cleveland Tomorrow and as chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Committee at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
“Since 1979, as outside counsel and more recently as our Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Dale LaPorte has been a dedicated, long-standing adviser to Invacare,” said A. Malachi Mixon, III, chairman and chief executive officer. “For years, Invacare’s Board has relied on Dale’s wise counsel, and we are pleased that we will continue to have the benefit of his insight and expertise as a member of the Board.”