Kaye/Bassman Recruits President for Hammes Co. Healthcare

February 9, 2016 – Kaye/Bassman International / Sanford Rose Associates has placed Chris Kay as president and chief operating officer of Hammes Company Healthcare, LLC.

Jeff Wittenberg, managing director of Kaye/Bassman, led the assignment along with Drew Sonier, senior partner and managing director, Sanford Rose Associates. Mr. Kay succeeds Richard Galling who has served as president and COO since 2003.

Mr. Kay has over 30 years of project management, operations and business development experience in the building industry, spending the last 17 years of his career exclusively focused in the healthcare and life sciences markets. He is a recognized leader in healthcare project management and other consulting services. His background includes business development and operational and delivery experience at both boutique and large multi-disciplinary concerns, and includes work in building design, construction management, program management, real estate, and consulting.

He has served in various leadership roles with national and global companies, including Turner Construction, Parsons Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering. He joins Hammes Co. directly from Jacobs Engineering in Houston, where he was managing principal of its national healthcare practice since 2012.

“After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive executive search process, the board is pleased to appoint Chris to the president and chief operating officer leadership position,” said Jon Hammes, chairman and chief executive officer.

Hammes Company assists a full spectrum of healthcare clients by advising, implementing and managing key strategies and solutions that build high-performing organizations. It is headquartered in Brookfield, WI and provides services through a network of regional offices strategically located across the country.


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Kaye/Bassman was founded in 1981 and provides global executive search and recruiting solutions with expertise in a number of industries, including construction and real estate, banking, insurance, private wealth management, healthcare, energy, security, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology and medical device. The Sanford Rose Associates Executive Search Network has over 60 offices worldwide with locations in North America and Asia.

According to recent labor reports, the healthcare sector remains among the most rapidly growing employment fields. Healthcare has gained 470,000 jobs over the past 12 months, with about two-fifths of the growth occurring in hospitals.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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