Longtime Mayo Clinic executive Chris Gade retires

Longtime communications executive Chris Gade retired from Mayo Clinic on Monday after a 32-year career with the clinic.

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After 32 years with Mayo Clinic, longtime communications executive Chris Gade retired last week.

“It’s been a great run. It has been a great opportunity to serve Mayo Clinic in so many different ways over so many years,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to the next opportunity down the road and to see what Mayo Clinic will become moving forward. I’m certain it will be successful.”

Friday was the 57-year-old Gade’s last day as chief public affairs officer. After starting his career at Mayo as a media relations and marketing communications specialist in 1989, Gade went on to serve in a variety of roles.

He led the Mayo Clinic Regional Communications office, as part of the organization establishing Mayo Clinic Health System. Gade steered Mayo Clinic’s Division of External Relations and was the managing director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center.

In recent years, he worked closely with Mayo Clinic CEOs Dr. John Noseworthy and Dr. Gianrico Farrugia as director of the Mayo Clinic Executive Office.


He was also a prominent spokesman for Mayo Clinic in his earlier days and spearheaded many campaigns with the community, like the push to stop the expansion of the DM&E Railroad.

“Some of the best and brightest memories for me truly are the partnerships with the community on so many important issues and in so many different ways. They really shine bright in the memories of my time,” Gade said.

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