Renovata & Company Recruits International President for RLDatix

November 22, 2023 – Global executive search and private equity advisory firm Renovata & Company has placed Chris Baker as president international of RLDatix in Chicago. “Chris understands the healthcare industry and the challenges it faces,” says Thomas Jepsen, partner at Renovata & Company. “He also has a successful track record of driving enterprise software strategies that deliver innovation and value to global customers—and he is a passional advocate of using technology to transform healthcare delivery.” 

“Chris’s leadership will be a tremendous asset to RLDatix as we define the future of connected healthcare operations on a global scale,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of RLDatix. “His deep knowledge of the challenges facing healthcare, paired with his experience in driving enterprise software strategies, will enable us to deliver more dynamic solutions to meet the unique needs of our customers around the world.”

Mr. Baker brings more than 27 years of experience growing technology companies across global markets, including Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Concur, and Anaplan. He also serves on the board of brainstrust, a non-profit offering support for patients with brain tumors and their families.

“The healthcare industry is constantly evolving, presenting new opportunities and challenges for patients, staff and providers,” said Mr. Baker. “RLDatix is a critical partner in addressing these changes, and I am thrilled to be stepping into this role to help engage our partnerships across the industry and ensure we remain at the forefront of safer care delivery.”

RLDatix is a leader in patient safety, with a global team of 1,900 helping to protect more than 200 million patients in 19 countries and leveraging more than 50 years of combined experience. With more than 3,000 customers, RLDatix is the world’s largest software company dedicated exclusively to patient safety. Headquartered in Chicago, the company was created through 16 acquisitions since 2019, including RL, Datix, Allocate, TimeCare, and RiskMan International. Today the team has a global footprint, including offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, the U.K., the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Australia. The company’s growth has been supported by leading private-equity investors TA Associates, Five Arrows and Nordic Capital.

Private Equity Search & Advisory Firm

Renovata & Company partners with financial sponsors, their portfolio companies, and public corporations to deliver leaders and investment insights. The search firm’s executive recruiting activities are focused on search assignments covering board-level mandates, which include board directors, CEOs, CFOs, and other C-suite executives, as well as investment professionals and operating partners. The firm provides strategic counsel to clients across the technology, digital, business services, industrial, consumer, and retail sectors.

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Renovata & Company has relationships with over 50 of the top 100 private and growth equity firms globally. Its private equity advisory services include diligence support, backable executive introductions, and deal sourcing delivered by its affiliate, L Capital Advisors. The firm also makes equity co-investments alongside its private equity clients through its investment affiliate, L Capital. The search firm is privately held and operates from five offices across two continents: Boston, Hamburg, London, New York, and San Francisco.

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Mr. Jepsen is a co-founder of Renovata & Company. He has over 20 years’ experience in executive search across the SaaS, marketplace and B2C online spectrum. His focus is on working with the boards (founders and investors) of high growth businesses to attract the leadership talent that enable their companies to scale. In over a decade leading Renovata, Mr. Jepsen has worked with many of the leading B2B and B2C businesses across Europe.

Recent Assignment

Renovata & Company recently placed Jerry Haywood as chief executive officer for, a global leader in conversational artificial intelligence for Fortune 1000 companies. He will succeed founder and current CEO Lars Ropeid Selsås, who will give greater focus to product development and innovation. “Jerry has more than 20 years of enterprise technology experience and has held various sales and senior leadership positions at IBM, Cisco, and Salesforce,” said Thomas Jepsen, partner at Renovata & Company. “He’ll use these leadership skills to build upon the solid foundation has created over the past six years.”

“During this time of accelerated digital customer experience transformation, has never been better positioned to become a global category leader in conversational AI,” said Mr. Selsås, who was actively involved in the selection process, alongside co-founder and chief commercial officer Henry Vaage Iversen and chief operating officer Camilla Gjetvik.

Related: Renovata & Company Recruits CEO for Vivino 

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

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