October 30, 2023 – Partner-led executive search firm Buffkin / Baker has assisted in the recruitment of Amanda Conway as the new chief growth officer of aptihealth in Boston, MA. The search was led by Jackson Ross, partner, and Ryan Baggett, associate partner. “We are delighted to welcome Amanda Conway to the aptihealth family as our new chief growth officer,” said Tim Koehler, president and chief operating officer at aptihealth. “Her outstanding leadership, remarkable achievements, and visionary approach are set to drive aptihealth to new heights of growth as we continue on our mission to become the nation’s preeminent provider of mental health services.”
“Amanda Conway’s appointment underscores aptihealth’s commitment to delivering quality behavioral health services and expanding their footprint in the healthcare industry,” the company said. “Her expertise and strategic vision will play a pivotal role in achieving this mission.”
Ms. Conway is a seasoned executive renowned for her impressive results in sales, marketing, and account management. With extensive experience in the healthcare sector, Ms. Conway ‘s career has included the development and execution of growth strategies, identification of business opportunities, and the orchestration of cross-functional teams. She most recently served as chief growth officer at Aduro. Prior to that, Ms. Conway held numerous leadership positions at Talkspace, driving enterprise growth, devising go-to-market strategies, and building sales teams. Before that, she was director of growth at Healthie, where she scaled the business and achieved revenue milestones.
In her new role with aptihealth, Ms. Conway will leverage her experience to drive the company’s growth initiatives within the healthcare industry.
Aptihealth’s mission is to improve higher acuity behavioral healthcare for underserved populations. The company’s virtual-first model and proprietary screening, assessment, and treatment programs give members fast, convenient access to precise, personalized care. Employing over 150, aptihealth has raised over $65 million in funding from international equity firms.
Earlier this year, Buffkin / Baker recruited Mr. Koehler as president and COO of Aptihealth. Most recently, Mr. Koehler was COO at Bluestone Physician Services, where he spearheaded the company’s market expansion and transition from fee-for-service to value-based care
Buffkin / Baker is a specialty boutique search firm composed of industry leaders in their respective fields and each has over a decade of retained search experience. Their focus as search professionals is to recruit leaders in digital marketing/advertising, technology, healthcare, media/entertainment, finance, higher education, and non-profit. The firm serves public, private, venture, and private equity-backed companies. Its office locations include Nashville, TN; New York; Washington, D.C.; and Winston Salem, NC, with affiliate offices in London.
Buffkin / Baker is a member of Panorama Search, an international federation of retained firms with 18 firms and over 30 offices globally. Buffkin / Baker formed in 2017 with the merger of the Buffkin Group and Baker and Associates LLC.
Mr. Ross serves as partner for the firm where he is actively engaged in searches for our healthcare, private equity, and digital transformation practices. He is a results-driven leader with over 20 years of experience building brand awareness across the healthcare and digital continuum. Mr. Ross’ broad experience in both mature and entrepreneurial environments provides him with a foundation to drive enterprise growth, quality, and culture for Buffkin / Baker.
Mr. Baggett is actively engaged in a variety of industry searches. Prior to joining Buffkin / Baker in 2014, he was employed with Maxim Healthcare Services, specializing in the recruitment and placement of medical professionals on both a regional and national level. Before working in regional talent acquisitions, Mr. Baggett worked in a senior recruitment capacity with the local branch office in Nashville, where he engaged in business development, management of staff, compliance procedures and the overall recruitment efforts.
Chief Growth Officer
Chief growth officer is a hot C-level role as companies of every stripe navigate in a post- pandemic environment. And while not every company has one, more of these positions are likely to emerge. According to recruiters, the CGO role itself is expanding and its popularity is rising, especially among professional services firms that understand client needs and who want to be front and center to achieve long-term revenue growth and stay competitive. The CGO, they report, is free to challenge the status quo in order to discover new pathways to growth. But the position holder also leads their organizations to a heightened sense of responsibility and purpose.
Recruiters focused on finding C-suite leadership for their corporate clients say that CEOs have created the position of chief growth officer to drive revenue growth during periods of slowing economic activity. But leaders are now seeing advantages to having growth leaders on board much earlier, when business is booming, or when business is under stress like it is now, to help establish organizational rigor.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; and Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media