As we noted before, we’re looking for a CEO to lead HDC into its next phase. We wanted to share the announcement here. We’re excited to find a great new leader for HDC, and we look forward to meeting some great candidates.
Announcement: Chief Executive Officer, Health Data Consortium
As more health-related data and knowledge become available online – in great part from U.S. Government sources – there are new opportunities for businesses, research groups, and others to use these data in innovative ways to improve health and health care. To support this movement, for the past three years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Institute of Medicine (IOM) have pursued a landmark Health Data Initiative (HDI) that is liberating data and promoting its use in creating value in health and health care.
Because of the success – and promise – of the Health Data Initiative, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HHS, IOM, and several other organizations are forming the Health Data Consortium (HDC), a new nonprofit organization equipped with staffing and resources to promote and grow the availability and innovative use of health-related data and knowledge to improve health quality and efficiency for Americans. The Health Data Consortium will energetically promote: public and private sector engagement; data availability, standards, and infrastructure; investment and entrepreneurial activity that furthers the leveraging of data to improve healthcare access and delivery; and the definition and advocacy of key health data related priorities with immediate and significant potential to have positive impacts.
Egon Zehnder International has been selected to lead the search for the CEO of this newly formed organization. Working closely with the HHS and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the new CEO will lead strategy development and implementation with an initial focus on evangelizing the mission, forming and implementing the strategy, building the consortia, recruiting key talent, and establishing a self-sustaining operating model. S/he will serve as a high-profile, enthusiastic advocate for open health data initiatives and will be responsible for strategy development and execution, business development, financial management, and human resources planning, as well as oversight of the HDC. The ideal candidate will excel at fostering communications among the Consortium’s advisory board, funders, and other key partners. S/he will possess strategic vision and an entrepreneurial spirit that will enable him/her to develop business opportunities and identify key health data resources, beyond the Health Datapalooza, that strengthen not only the HDC but the larger Open Health Data Movement. Equally important to expanding business opportunities and development will be the ability to manage the growing organization to accommodate increasing business demand.
Given the mission-driven nature of the organization, the successful candidate will possess a deep understanding of and unique insights into how to find value in data and the market place. S/he will also have a track record of success that inspires confidence that will strengthen an organization and will work across a network of public and private sector organizations (at the Federal and State levels, but also at grass roots level within communities across the United Sates) to serve common goals.
In addition to entrepreneurial experience that demonstrates the ability to generate and evaluate a large list of opportunities, it will be essential that the new CEO possess the ability to build consensus, and operationalize decisions and activities carried through to completion. Day to day responsibilities will require successful staff management and leadership experience, including the ability to work sensitively and professionally with disparate individuals and groups with the highest integrity and objectivity. Additionally, the successful candidate will have experience developing and managing an annual budget, including overseeing fundraising, sponsorship and membership activities involving deals in the million-dollar-plus range.
About Egon Zehnder International: Founded in 1964, Egon Zehnder International is the world’s leading privately owned executive search and advisory firm with more than 420 consultants, working in 65 offices in 39 countries around the world. The firm was founded with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals — to place the clients’ interests first and to lead their profession in creating value for their clients through the identification, assessment, development and recruitment of top-level leaders. Egon Zehnder’s core services span the spectrum from executive and Board search to talent management, development and assessment. The company supports clients seamlessly with local resources and global teams, and the organizations they serve on six continents range from the world’s largest corporations to emerging growth companies – from public and social sector clients to family-owned businesses.