Waverly Partners Recruits CEO for the Center for Health Affairs

May 6, 2019 – Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space. So it is that the need for recruiting firms to deliver top-drawer leaders throughout the sector has only grown.

Following a national search, executive recruiting firm Waverly Partners recently placed Brian Lane as the new president and CEO of the Center for Health Affairs. He will succeed Phil Mazanec, who has served the organization for nearly 40 years, including as the interim president and CEO for the last 16 months.

“The Center’s board of directors was impressed with Lane throughout the interview process,” said Heidi L. Gartland, vice president, government and community relations, University Hospitals and chair of The Center for Health Affairs’ board of directors. “He is perfectly suited to lead the Center and its business affiliates, CHAMPS Group Purchasing and CHAMPS Oncology.”

Mr. Lane has over 20 years of experience, specializing in administration, senior management, executing product roll-out campaigns, business development and sales. He has held strategic executive positions for leading technology companies, Fortune 500 companies, Big 5 consulting practices, clinical practices, medical communication firms and associations.

“Lane quickly distinguished himself,” said Ralph A. Dise Jr., president of Dise & Company and chair of the search committee of the board of directors. “He has a strong track record of creating a shared vision, inspiring his team to be part of the vision, and overcoming obstacles to reach goals.”

Roots in Healthcare

Mr. Lane has deep roots in healthcare. His early career includes time with Rush University Medical Center as well as Ernst and Young, after which he joined Qwest Communications to run their Midwest healthcare practice. He also spent seven years at the American Hospital Association and held leadership roles in leading technology-oriented organizations. Most recently, Mr. Lane has been serving at Oracle as the key account director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Prior to this, he was Oracle’s global client advisor for Cigna and CVS, and also had been the lead healthcare strategist for HHS and the U.S. Defense Health Agency.

“The Center has a long and rich history of enhancing the impact of the healthcare community within Northeast Ohio,” said Mr. Lane. “I look forward to joining this team of dedicated employees and well-respected members and a committed board of directors. Most importantly I look forward to calling Cleveland home.”

With a rich history as the nation’s first regional hospital association, the Center for Health Affairs has served as the collective voice of Northeast Ohio hospitals for over 100 years. More than a century since its founding in 1916, the Center continues the legacy of its founders, working collaboratively to increase the efficiency of healthcare delivery, providing insightful healthcare information to the public and undertaking initiatives aimed at improving the health of the community.

Veteran Recruiters

Formed in 2001, Waverly Partners serves Fortune 500 service and manufacturing corporations, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations, non-profit organizations, professional service firms, private equity firms, hospitals and healthcare systems, and colleges and universities nationwide.

The firm has conducted C-level assignments for a host of well-known clients, including Andersons, Greater Raleigh (NC) Chamber of Commerce, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Nordson Corp., Parker Hannifin Corp., AMETEK, Michelin, Nucor Corporation, South Carolina Aquarium, Cleveland Metroparks and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

The firm has a national reputation of serving chambers of commerce and economic development organizations. The American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the national organization for chamber leaders, designated Waverly Partners as the preferred provider of executive search services. It is the only firm in the country to have earned this distinction.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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