Chartwell Partners Recruits CISO for the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare

November 10, 2023 – Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are awakening to the perils posed by cyberattacks. For years, many groups tried to ignore the problem, dismissing cybersecurity as a concern only for the biggest, most high-profile entities, be they government or corporate. These days, more groups are coming to understand how ruinous such intrusions could be. This has led to a dramatic rise in the demand for cybersecurity executives and search firms in this sector continuing to grow. Executive search firm Chartwell Partners recently assisted in the recruitment of George Irungu as the new chief information security officer for the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH). Mike DeSantis and Deborah Rocha, leaders of Chartwell Partners’ healthcare IT practice, led the assignment.

Mr. Irungu is a security leader with tangible experience building, leading, and managing effective enterprise Information Security programs that are a business enabler and in support of overall organization strategy. He has been an advisor to executive leadership teams and board of directors, who adeptly balances security controls and business needs, with operational efficiency and fiduciary responsibility being a core aspect of his approach. Mr. Irungu joins CAQH from Summa Health where he was CISO and accountable for managing information security risk across the integrated delivery system.

Reporting to the chief financial and administrative officer, Mr. Irungu will be responsible for information security and privacy.

The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare is a Washington, DC-based organization focused on helping the nation’s health plans, providers, government entities and other healthcare organizations connect, exchange information, and operate more efficiently.

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Chartwell Partners is focused on identifying and recruiting senior executives and board members for clients in four specific industries: biopharmaceuticalshealthcare servicesfinancial services, and real estate.

Proven Recruiters

William Ward,  a co-founding partner of Chartwell Partners, is based in Dallas. His search experience has spanned over 25 years and has exclusively focused on healthcare. His healthcare search experience has included helping to find corporate directors, C-suite executives, and numerous functional leaders, including operations, finance, sales and marketing, business development, and IT. He has worked with clients in most healthcare service sectors, including acute care, long-term care/post-acute, supply chain/distribution, ambulatory surgery, pharmacy services, home health, and hospice. Mr. Ward has also worked extensively with both large public companies and many notable private equity-backed businesses as well.

Chartwell Partners Recruits Chief Medical Officer for Frontier Medicines Corp.
Chartwell Partners recently assisted in the recruitment of Andrew Krivoshik as chief medical officer of Frontier Medicines Corp. in South San Francisco. Partner Sara Hagar led the assignment. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Krivoshik, a seasoned drug developer and physician, to the Frontier team,” said Chris Varma, co-founder, chairman, and CEO. “Andy’s appointment comes at a pivotal time as we both prepare FMC-376, our novel dual KRAS inhibitor, for the clinic and rapidly progress our pipeline of precision medicines. Dr. Krivoshik brings a rich background in oncology and hematology, and has led the development of some of the world’s top medicines. His experience will be instrumental to Frontier’s efforts to bring transformational medicines to patients.”

Stuart Bush is a co-founding partner and has spent over 30 years in the executive recruiting industry. His specialization areas include healthcare, insurance, and business services, with particular emphasis on general management, corporate directors, and corporate financial officers.

Mr. DeSantis has over 30 years of executive search experience with expertise in recruiting C-suite executives to the healthcare services space. Based in Philadelphia, his national practice focuses on serving clients in health insurance, healthcare technology, and technology-enabled service providers. His clients range from healthcare payers to publicly traded and privately held commercial service providers and private equity firms that have an investment focus in the healthcare services and technology sectors.

Ms. Rocha is a senior associate with the firm’s Philadelphia office, working remotely from Austin, TX. She has over 20 years of executive search experience across several functions and industries. She has deep experience recruiting senior C-level executives for technology, tech-enabled services, and management consulting companies. Ms. Rocha specializes in the intersection of healthcare and technology. Clients include both payer and provider focused organizations ranging from privately held start-ups and fast-growth companies up to multi-billion-dollar corporations.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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