Cockeysville-based Epic Pharmacies Inc. said Wednesday it is searching for a CEO and president to replace Angelo Voxakis, who plans to retire at the end of the year.

Voxakis, a longtime advocate for community pharmacies and a pharmacy owner, has led the national network of independently owned pharmacies for 16 years. The company has formed an executive search committee.

Epic has grown from 300 member pharmacies to 1,500 since Voxakis joined the co-op of community pharmacies. Membership in Epic Pharmacy Network Inc., which offers centralized contracting services, also has grown, from 280 to 2,200 stores.

Epic, formed in 1982, offers programs and services while returning its net revenues to its members.

Lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com