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Top aide at Partners following his boss out the door

The turnover on the 11th floor of the Pru continues. After Partners HealthCare chief executive Dr. Gary Gottlieb left in March, his top aide also is planning an exit.

Peter Brown, chief of staff at Partners since 2010, leaves Thursday to enter the consulting world. He’s launching Peter Brown Communications, a firm that will focus on helping organizations “tell their stories,” Brown says, both to the public and to their own employees.

Brown, who previously ran the news division at WBZ-TV, joined Partners 11 years ago, working closely with Gottlieb throughout that time. He headed communications at Brigham and Women’s Hospital while Gottlieb was president. When Gottlieb was promoted to the top job at Partners, Brigham’s parent company, Brown moved up, too.

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It isn’t as though Partners is running out of stories to tell. In the face of pressure from a judge, the attorney general, and the public, the health care giant dropped a bid this year to take over South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. Partners’ new chief, Dr. David Torchiana, has vowed to “pause” on Partners’ expansion plans as he develops his own strategy for the organization.

But Brown said this is the right time for him to leave.

“I never thought I’d be contemplating a third career,” said Brown, 57. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

While he sets up his new office, Deborah Colton, an executive at the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, will become Partners’ new chief of staff.


Priyanka Dayal McCluskey can be reached at priyanka.mccluskey@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @priyanka_dayal.