CPR’S Bryan Steps Down; Alternatives Gets a New Editor

By October 16, 2013 | Print

There have been significant personnel changes at the CPR Institute since our last issue.

On September 11, longtime CPR Institute President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy Bryan announced her plans to retire, and a search has begun for her successor. Bryan, who also is a publisher of Alternatives, will remain in her post through February 2014, to ensure a smooth and successful transition for her successor.

Meantime, Bette Shifman has joined CPR as Vice President, Director of Publications and Special Counsel, and succeeds Russ Bleemer as Alternatives’ editor. Shifman started at CPR on August 19, seventeen years to the day Bleemer began as editor of the newsletter. The CPR Institute has published Alternatives since January 1983.

Bryan joined the CPR Institute as president and chief executive officer in October 2006. In a statement last month, she said, “As I transition to a new phase, I plan to stay active in the alternative dispute resolution field, teaching, writing, speaking and consulting, and will remain connected to all the wonderful people who have been involved with and supported CPR over the years.”

Previously, she was the head of worldwide litigation for Motorola, and a corporate vice president of Motorola’s law department. She developed and implemented innovations in litigation management techniques during a career that spanned 16 years with the company.

She began her career in private practice at Herrick & Smith, and Hemenway & Barnes both in Boston, and with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., where she concentrated in commercial litigation.

CPR Institute Board of Directors Vice Chairman John Kiernan, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, said, “Kathy has the board’s appreciation and we are indebted to her for her many years of exemplary service to CPR’s mission.” He added, “Kathy’s stellar leadership has brought growth to CPR’s impact and reputation in the U.S. and internationally. Kiernan is heading a board search committee. CPR has hired BarkerGilmore LLC, a Fairport, N.Y., executive search firm to fill the vacancy. All inquiries should be directed to Managing Partner John Gilmore at +1.588.598.6555, or

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Russ Bleemer departed from CPR in early summer after nearly 17 years at the helm of Alternatives. Under his leadership, the 30-year-old newsletter has won 11 national journalism and business communications for newswriting and business publication excellence since 2005.

Combined with hot-topic ADR coverage on the CPR Institute’s website at, Alternatives and the CPR Institute have emerged as the authoritative guide for ADR news and coverage of best practices.

Bleemer has continued editing and writing Alternatives material in a consulting capacity since his June 28 departure, and will continue to contribute to Alternatives during the transition to the new editor. He will be working on a new real estate transactions website. He currently continues to maintain his CPR email address but correspondence should also be addressed to at

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New Alternatives editor Bette Shifman is an ADR professional and digital information specialist who formerly was of counsel at DLA Piper in New York. Shifman served as practice group manager for the firm’s global international arbitration practice group.

She has held senior positions at ADR Chambers in Toronto, and at the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Court of Justice, both in The Hague, Netherlands. She has served as registrar for numerous state-state and investor-state arbitrations, and has practiced law in New York and Amsterdam.

Shifman earned her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics. She also recently received a Masters of Science in Information (MSI) from the University of Michigan. She has been an adviser to the arbitration portal since its inception, and is a former editor of the Journal of International Arbitration.

Information on receiving Alternatives for free as a benefit of CPR Institute membership, including the iTunes store code and app installation instructions, can be found here with login: For free content and information on domestic and international subscriptions in all formats, visit

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