June 11, 2019 – Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates has helped to place Ena Williams as the new chief executive officer and Patrick Jennings CFO of National HME Inc., a provider of medical equipment solutions to the hospice market.
Ms. Williams joins National HME after a 10-year career at 7-Eleven, where most recently she was the senior vice president and leader of the company’s $25 billion international division. Prior to that, she held various roles including SVP of west region operations and vice president of the southwest division, where she led the successful deployment of the company’s business transformation logistics project.
Prior to 7-Eleven, Ms. Williams was with ExxonMobil Corp. (and its predecessors, Mobil Oil Corp/ and Mobil Pipeline Co.) for 17 years. She held roles with increasing responsibilities there as well, starting as a delivery/terminal supervisor and rising to area manager for the West Coast and Midwest. In those roles, her responsibilities included management of complex logistics operations, experience she will be expected to leverage at National HME.
A New Chapter
“Ena is an exceptional leader who we believe can guide National HME through the evolving hospice equipment market and lead the company through an exciting new chapter for its customers and associates,” said Lew Klessel, board member at National HME. “She has a track record of transforming complex businesses through a focus on customer service, efficient operations and people leadership that we believe is transferable to the hospice market and National HME.”
“I am thrilled to be joining the National HME team,” said Ms. Williams. “The company’s strong commitment to providing service at a critical point in a patient’s life, coupled with its position as the leader in technology enabled hospice equipment solutions, provide great potential for the future. I am honored and excited by the opportunity to work with the company’s talented leadership team and dedicated associates.”
Mr. Jennings excels at developing and implementing turnaround strategies including revenue improvements, cost reduction, and integrating acquisitions. Industry generalist. He comes to NHME with experience in the logistics industry and successful financial leadership with private equity backed companies including Great Wide Logistics and Cheldan Homes. Most recently, Mr. Jennings served as chief administrative officer and CFO of non-profit Aim High.
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National HME is the leading technology-enabled outsourced provider of DME (durable medical equipment) to the hospice industry. The company has established relationships with national, regional and local hospice providers. National HME services its customers through a proprietary network of warehouses nationwide, utilizing its own delivery fleet and best-in-class call center. The company is uniquely differentiated via its proprietary, customer-centric software system called Hospice Cloud. NHME is backed by its first-tier financial sponsor, New Mountain Capital.
Headquartered in Irving, TX, with 62 offices across the country, National HME has developed its leadership position through its patient-centered service model, high-quality customer service and deep, long-term customer relationships. National HME is backed by its first-tier financial sponsor, New Mountain Capital.
New York-based investment firm New Mountain Capital emphasizes business building and growth, rather than debt, as it pursues long-term capital appreciation. The firm currently manages private equity, public equity and credit funds with over $20 billion in assets under management.
RM Nephew and Associates, based in Boston and New York, provides partnership-driven solutions to business leadership and recruitment challenges worldwide. The firm specializes in executive search services for clients in the healthcare, technology, supply chain, warehousing, distribution and manufacturing, and professional services industries. Its clients range from Fortune 500 companies to mid-size firms to private equity and venture-backed start-ups. RM Nephew and Associates has core experience partnering with privately-held, family-owned firms.
Founder Robert Nephew, who serves as managing partner, founded the firm with more than 35 years executive search experience. He has built his career within the technology, professional services and healthcare industries. Areas of expertise include human resources, board of directors and financial officer disciplines. Through his extensive work in these areas, Mr. Nephew has refined techniques for placing senior leaders who serve as key advisors to the CEO on a range of strategic business matters.
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