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GE Healthcare Appoints New CEO and CTO

GE appointed John L. Flannery, 53, as president and CEO of GE Healthcare succeeding John Dineen, 51, who is leaving. Flannery most recently was SVP of business development for GE. In the past year, Flannery led business development activity related to the purchase of Alstom’s energy and transmission businesses, the spinoff of Retail Finance and the sale of GE Appliances. Prior to that, Flannery was the president and CEO of GE India and a senior leader at GE Capital. 

Dineen has had a highly successful career at GE with senior positions in GE Industrial Systems, Plastics, Transportation and Healthcare. After seven years leading Healthcare and 28 years at GE, he has decided to look at new leadership opportunities outside GE.

Jörg F. Debatin, 52, has been named VP and CTO for GE Healthcare. Debatin joined GE from Amedes AG, where he served as CEO. Prior to that, Debatin served as medical director and CEO at the University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf. He also worked as a radiologist at Stanford University, the University Hospital of Zurich, and the University Hospital of Essen, where he served as head of department for the Institute of Diagnostic Radiology.

IBM Healthcare Global Business Service Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Judy Murphy has been named chief nursing officer at IBM Healthcare Global Business Service. She was, most recently, chief nursing officer and director of the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Murphy joined the ONC in December 2011 as the deputy national coordinator for programs and policy.

Oracle’s Global VP of Healthcare Product Strategy Leaves to Join Cal INDEX as CEO

The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) selected David Watson as CEO. Watson brings to Cal INDEX significant healthcare technology industry experience. Most recently, he served as global VP, Healthcare Product Strategy for Oracle. Prior to that, he was CTO and then chief operations officer at MedeAnalytics, and CTO for Kaiser Permanente.

McKesson Elects Two New Directors

McKesson has elected Donald R. Knauss, 63, and Susan Salka, 49, as new independent directors. Knauss has served as Chairman and CEO of The Clorox Company since 2006. From November 2014, he will serve as Chairman only, in a newly created Executive Chairman role. He was EVP of The Coca-Cola Company and President and COO for Coca-Cola North America, and held various positions in marketing and sales with PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is also a director of the Kellogg Company and a member of the board of trustees of both Morehouse College and the University of San Diego. 

Salka has served as CEO and President of AMN Healthcare Services since 2005, and a director of the company since 2003. She has served in several other executive roles since joining the company in 1990, including COO, CFO and SVP of Business Development. Salka is also a director of The Campanile Foundation at San Diego State University. 

ADP’s CVP of Product Development & CIO Mike Capone Joins Medidata as COO

Cloud-based clinical development solutions provider Medidata named Michael L. Capone, 48, as COO. Capone joins Medidata from ADP, where he served as corporate VP of product development and CIO. Capone is a 25-year veteran of ADP. He served as SVP and General Manager of GlobalView, leading ADP’s efforts to develop a global HR BPO business for large multi-national corporations in partnership with SAP.

WebMD Appoints BabyCenter’s Senior Exec as EVP of Consumer Sales and Product Marketing

WebMD Health appointed Mike Fogarty, former SVP and global publisher at BabyCenter, as EVP of consumer sales and product marketing. Previously, Fogarty was EVP for the Kaboose Network of family websites that was acquired by Disney.  He also spent 12 years at AOL and AOL Time Warner in a variety of leadership roles including VP of AOL Media Networks and Executive Director, Business Affairs & Development.

Pegasystems Exec Joins HighRoads as SVP, Payer Strategy 

HighRoads, a provider of health care plan management and benefits compliance software and services appoints Cathy Chiang as SVP of payer strategy. Chiang is former senior director of health care solutions development and consulting at Pegasystems. In her 17 years with Pegasystems, Chiang held roles of director of enablement, director of North America sales consulting, solution consultant, solution engineer and frameworks business architect. Prior to Pegasystems, Chiang worked at Fidelity Investments.

ICF Appoints CSC’s Health Care and Life Sciences Consulting Exec to Lead Commercial Health Care

ICF International, a consulting and technology services provider, appointed John Guda as SVP and general manager of commercial health care. He joins from CSC where he was senior managing partner and general manager of global health care and life sciences consulting. Previously, he was president of global delivery and CTO with First Consulting Group, and held executive positions with Eclipsys (now Allscripts), U.S. Healthcare (now Aetna) and SMS (now Siemens), as well as several entrepreneurial enterprises.

Systems Made Simple Makes Series of Leadership Appointments

Systems Made Simple, a leading provider of IT systems and services to support critical architecture, data and application challenges in the healthcare industry, named Charles De Sanno as its new VP of Health IT Strategy, Dr. Mark Janczewski as its new senior clinical informaticist, and Paul Stevens, P.E., as its new VP of Administration.

De Sanno comes to Systems Made Simple from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he served as Executive Director for VA Enterprise Systems Engineering since 2006. De Sanno began working for the VA in 1989 as Director of Healthcare Information Systems and Operations at the Brooklyn Medical Center. He held many executive positions over the course of his 25 year VA career.

Dr. Janczewski comes to Systems Made Simple with more than 35 years of experience. He is a retired Air Force Colonel and served as the travel physician for several of the top officials in the Department of Defense including the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Janczewski has held several positions with Military Health System (MHS) and has been involved with partnerships between MHS and the Veterans Health Administration.

Stevens had a highly successful 25-year U.S. Navy career and spent seven years in the industry. Stevens comes to Systems Made Simple from a familiar partner, Seawolf Solutions, a healthcare IT services company that he founded and successfully led for more than three years. Prior to Seawolf Solutions, Stevens spent several years with Epsilon Systems Solutions as Director of Capital Region Operations and Director of Technical Programs.

Agfa HealthCare Strengthens Executive Leadership

Agfa HealthCare appointed William Corsten as regional President in North America and Frank Pecaitis as VP, Enterprise Imaging sales. Corsten comes to Agfa HealthCare from M*Modal, where he served as SVP, Solution Sales and was responsible for all technology sales, targeting both ambulatory and acute care markets. Prior to M*Modal, Corsten spent 11 years with McKesson.

Pecaitis brings more than 20 years of experience successfully building profitable market share growth in the healthcare technology sector as a commercial executive leader most notably at QuadraMed and GE Healthcare.

Propeller Health Appoints COO from Practice Fusion

Propeller Health, a digital health company focusing on chronic respiratory disease, has hired Chris Hogg as COO. He joins from Practice Fusion. Hogg earlier founded and led 100Plus, a mobile health company acquired in February 2013 by electronic medical records specialist Practice Fusion, where he was associate VP of data science.

Pyramid Healthcare Solutions Names New Chairman, Board Members and CEO

Salient Business Solutions, the revenue cycle management and business outsourcing consulting arm of the India-based Avantha Group, has announced leadership changes for its fully owned subsidiary Pyramid Healthcare Solutions, a leading provider of revenue cycle management services for the healthcare industry.

Manoj Malhotra, CEO of Salient Business Solutions, has been appointed Chairman at Pyramid Healthcare Solutions. Malhotra will continue to serve as its president. B Hariharan, Group Finance Director for Avantha Group, and S. Sanjay San, Group Human Resources Head for Avantha Group, were elected to the Pyramid board.

Alan Santos has been appointed new Pyramid CEO and will lead U.S. operations for the company,. Santos previously was VP for Pyramid’s Pharmaceutical Compliance & Related Services line of business, responsible for directing the company’s newly created offerings for drug manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers. Santos joined Pyramid this past February after more than 26 years with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, most recently in the Senior Executive Service level positon of Associate Deputy Administrator for the Office of Diversion Control.

First Stop Health appoints Exec as COO

Telehealth and advocacy service First Stop Health appointed Maria Opdycke to the position of COO. Opdycke joins from, a provider of innovative enrollment solutions for higher education institutions, where she was VP of strategic development and previously as VP of operations. Prior to her experience at, Opdycke was a co-founder of Malia Designs, a mission-driven fashion accessories business. She has also served as senior economist at Griffin, Kubik, Stephens & Thompson, an investment dealer that specialized in debt securities, including municipal bonds.

Date Range: August 24th - October 14th

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Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults,, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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