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athenahealth Announces Multiple Senior Leadership Changes

athenahealth announced several changes within the executive team's responsibilities to support the company's strategic goals and growth. Tim O'Brien will become Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, he will lead all marketing and Epocrates initiatives, using his leadership experience in operations as athenahealth scales. Most recently, O'Brien has managed integration efforts between Epocrates and athenahealth, a responsibility he will maintain. O’Brien currently serves as the VP of Corporate Development at athenahealth.

O’Brien held various roles including VP of Corporate Strategy and VP of Enterprise Solutions and Operations.  Before joining athenahealth, he held senior positions for former Massachusetts Governors Mitt Romney and Paul Cellucci, as well as Acting Governor Jane Swift.

After nearly eight years helping lead athenahealth's successful growth, current Chief Marketing Officer Rob Cosinuke will step down to assume a newly-created role with the athenahealth Leadership Institute, a key initiative designed to help organizations thrive as they migrate from fee-for-service to outcomes-based care.

Dan Haley has been named General Counsel, replacing Daniel Orenstein, who is leaving the company to pursue new professional opportunities.

For the past three years Haley has served as Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs and Assistant General Counsel. Before joining athenahealth, Haley was a partner at the global law firm McDermott, Will & Emery and previously served in Massachusetts state government as Deputy Legal Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Governor Mitt Romney.

Kyle Armbrester will assume the role of Chief Product Officer. He has been the Acting Chief Product Officer since May 2015.

Former CEO of Philips Healthcare to Lead IBM Watson Health

Deborah DiSanzo, 55, former CEO of Philips Healthcare, has been named GM of IBM Watson Health. Before being Philips Healthcare’s CEO, she held various positions leading informatics and patient monitoring units at Philips. DiSanzo stepped down in July 2014 after Philips Healthcare reported financial results that fell short of expectations.

Veeva Systems Announces Board Changes         

Veeva Systems, the cloud-based business solutions provider for the global life sciences industry, appointed Tim Barabe to the Board of Directors. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Barabe has held leadership and CFO positions for numerous life sciences companies, including Novartis and its Sandoz and CIBA Vision subsidiaries, Affymetrix, and Human Genome Sciences. Barabe brings considerable financial acumen and deep knowledge of the life sciences industry to his role as director. Barabe replaces director Mark Armenante, who is stepping down.

MedAssets Names Retired Citigroup MD to Board; Promotes Divisional Exec        

Frederick A. Hessler has been appointed as a director of the Company. Hessler is a retired managing director of Citigroup, where he headed the Health Care Investment Banking Group for the Not-for-Profit sector from 1990 to 2013. Prior to joining Citigroup in 1985, he was a partner and regional director for healthcare at Ernst & Young.

Michael P. Nolte, the Company's President and COO, and Rand A. Ballard, the Company's Senior EVP and Chief Customer Officer, have volunteered to step down from the Company's Board of Directors at the next annual meeting of stockholders. Both remain members of the Company's executive leadership team.

MedAssets has promoted Bharat Sundaram to President of its spend and clinical resource management, or SCM, segment. He was most recently general manager, supply chain solutions and prior to that held a number of roles with increasing responsibility, including SVP of enterprise operations as well as interim CIO. Mr. Sundaram joined MedAssets in 2009 as a member of the corporate development team. Prior to MedAssets, he was with the Boston Consulting Group.

Former Yahoo! Exec Joins Omnicell as CFO

Automated healthcare solutions company Omnicell named Peter Kuipers as EVP, CFO. Current CFO Rob Seim now completes the transition to his new role as EVP, International and Global Quality & Manufacturing.

Prior, Kuipers served as SVP and CFO at Quantcast, a world leader in applying the power of big data and analytics to digital audience measurement and advertising. Previously he served as EVP and CFO at The Weather Company (TWC), operating The Weather Channel, and served in various financial leadership roles at Yahoo!, including the company's largest geographical region as VP of Finance for the Americas.

Alibaba Health IT Witnesses Board Appointments and Departures   

Alibaba Health IT appointed Joseph Tsai Chung, 51, Aizhu Huang, 47, and Kai Kang, 38, as non-executive Directors. Chung joined Alibaba Group in 1999 as a member of the Alibaba founding team and has served as the executive vice chairman of Alibaba Holding since May 2013. Huang has been a senior director of Tmall since November 2011. Kai has been a director of Tmall and head of Tmall's medical and healthcare business since he joined Alibaba Group in July 2014.

Jun Chen, 41, stepped down as Non-Executive Director. He is Vice President of Alibaba Group. Zhang Yong and Yu Feng have also resigned from the positions as non-executive directors to better focus their respective attention and efforts on other pursuits.

Teladoc Behavioral Health Gets New Leader

Teladoc, the nation’s leader in telehealth, appointed Julian L. Cohen as GM and President of Teladoc Behavioral Health. Before joining Teladoc, Cohen was CEO of Breakthrough, a web-based behavioral telemedicine firm that he co-founded in 2010 and was subsequently acquired in 2014. Earlier positions include serving in senior capacities with such organizations as Ideomed, APS Healthcare, Wellcare Health Plans/Harmony Behavioral Health, United Behavioral Health, DayOne Life Management, Cigna Healthcare’s MCC Behavioral, now CIGNA Behavioral Health, and the Institute of Psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

EMIS Group Reappoints Andrew Mckeon as Non-Executive Director

UK based provider of connected healthcare software and services, EMIS Group plc, reappointed Andrew McKeon, 60, as a Non-Executive Director of the company. McKeon had stepped down in April this year. He serves as an Interim CEO of the Nuffield Trust. McKeon has a long and distinguished career in the senior echelons of the Department of Health and the NHS and has broad knowledge of the Healthcare IT sector.

iCAD Announces Executive Appointments         

iCAD, the provider of advanced image analysis, workflow solutions and radiation therapy for the early identification and treatment of cancer, named Rodney Hawkins as VP of Marketing and Kathleen Kelly as VP of Sales for the company's Cancer Detection business.

Hawkins brings to the iCAD team two decades of marketing experience and a solid record of delivering significant growth in his past roles at Nuance Communications, Amicas and GE Healthcare. 

Kelly's extensive sales experience has driven significant growth in her previous roles at VuCOMP and Aurora Imaging Technology. She brings over twenty years of experience in women's healthcare and diagnostic imaging to the sales team.

Medfusion Announces Board Appointments       

Patient engagement platform Medfusion announced a $3 million investment from Bull City Venture Partners and Hatteras Venture Partners. As part of the investment, both David Jones and John Crumpler have joined the Medfusion Board.

Jones is Co-Founder, Partner, and General Partner at Bull City Venture Partners. He serves as Partner at Southern Capitol Ventures and Southern Capitol Technology Fund II. Prior, he was a Senior IT Consultant for Deloitte. He is Co-Founder and former CTO of His background in technology stems from the military where he served as a Naval Aviator flying over 1900 hours in the P-3C Orion.

Crumpler is a General Partner at Hatteras Venture Partners, which he co-founded in 2000. He serves as a General Partner at Catalysta Ventures. He founded E-Comm in 1991 and served as its CEO. He has held key executive staff positions in the U.S. Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly. He worked as a Foundation President before returning to the private sector in 1992. He founded Crumpler's Sno-Cones as a freshman in college in 1975. Throughout his career he has been active in government and public policy at the state and federal levels.

GenePeeks Appoints Chief Commercial Officer

Genetic information company GenePeeks named Jeffrey Field as chief commercial officer. Field joins GenePeeks from Foundation Medicine, where he served as VP of sales and client services. Prior to Foundation Medicine, Field was VP of strategic and corporate accounts at Caris Life Sciences. In addition, Field has helped to build several other disruptive, high-growth companies, including Astra Merck (now AstraZeneca) and AdvancePCS (now CVS Health).

PREMIER Biosoft Appoints Vladimir Shulaev to Science Advisory Board    

Dr. Vladimir Shulaev, PhD, has joined bioinformatics firm PREMIER Biosoft’s Science Advisory Board to assist the company in its efforts to develop software solutions to automate the mass spectrometry based metabolite and lipid profiling and quantitation methodologies. Dr. Vladimir Shulaev has been actively working on cellular metabolites for the past 20 years. He is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas.

Askesis Development Group Names Long Time Board Member as CEO     

Askesis Development Group, the provider of software solutions for the behavioral health, addictions treatment, and social service markets, named Neal D. Ryan, MD as President & CEO. He is the Joaquim Puig-Antich Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and is an internationally recognized expert in the field of child and adolescent mood and anxiety disorders with over 200 publications in the field. Dr. Ryan is the Director of Education for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and the Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Ryan has served as a member of the Askesis board of directors for over 15 years.

RightCare Solutions Names Jeffrey Edgin as SVP, Business Development   

RightCare Solutions, the medical technology company that develops software that allows health-care providers to assess a patient's readmission risk, appointed Jeffrey Edgin to the role of SVP, business development. Edgin, who spent nearly 30 years with Siemens Healthcare IT, most recently as regional VP and senior executive leader, knows both the challenges and the ultimate value in implementing new hospital workflow software experience that will directly benefit new and existing RightCare customers.

Medicom Health Interactive Appoints Josh Fieldman as VP, Sales

Health engagement solutions company Medicom Health Interactive appointed Josh Fieldman as VP, Sales. Fieldman brings nearly twenty years of sales and management experience in the healthcare industry. Preceding this position, Fieldman was VP of sales at ABILITY Network.

Health Catalyst Announces Executive Changes 

Healthcare data warehousing and analytics firm Health Catalyst appointed Dan Strong as CFO. Strong has served for over seven years as CFO of Control4. In a related move, Health Catalyst Co-Founder and EVP Tom Burton, currently in charge of product development, will join Co-Founder and EVP Steve Barlow in leading the company's client operations organization. Dale Sanders, currently SVP of Strategy, will assume the role of EVP of Product Development.

Date Range: August 18th - September 22nd

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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.

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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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