Sept. 11--The new CEO of Catholic Charities in the Twin Cities has an aggressive cancer that will limit his ability to lead the organization, the agency announced Friday.
Paul Martodam, 60, who began work Jan. 1, will be joined by Robert Spinner as co-CEO while the social service agency begins a national search for a replacement. Spinner is former president of Allina Health Systems and was interim CEO before Martodam was hired.
Martodam told the board and staff early last week that he has stage IV esophageal cancer that has spread to other parts of his body. The cancer was detected in mid-August, and he has begun radiation treatment, with chemotherapy to start soon, his family said in a CaringBridge website set up Aug. 27.