People on the Move – April 10, 2017

By Matt Skoufalos

Varian Medical Systems of Palo Alto, California, named Gary E. Bischoping, Jr. its CFO, replacing the retiring Elisha W. Finney. Finny spent 29 years with the company, 18 as its first CFO. Bischoping, who was previously CFO of Client Solutions at Dell Technologies, will join the company on May 8, 2017. His career has included management roles in financial planning & analysis, risk management, and commercial financing at Dell, and financial management consulting for Stern Stewart & Company, Xerox and the SK Group. 

Terumo Cardiovascular (CV) Group of Elkton, Maryland named Robert DeRyke its President-CEO following the retirement of long-time President-CEO Mark Sutter. DeRyke was promoted from the president of its electromechanical systems division, having joined Terumo in 2012 as VP of corporate quality, and has more than 25 years of experience with Baxter Healthcare, Hospira, and Thermo-Fisher Scientific. DeRyke has an MBA from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s of chemistry from Western Michigan University.

Robert DeRyke

Acelity L.P., Inc. of San Antonio, Texas has added R. Andrew Eckert as its President and CEO. He succeeds Joseph Woody, who is leaving the company after the divestiture of its LifeCell division. Eckert is the former CEO of TriZetto Corporation, which was acquired by Cognizant Technology Solutions in 2014. In addition to TriZetto, Eckert has led CRC Health Group, Eclipsys Corporation, ADAC Laboratories, and Valence Healthcare. He chairs the Varian Medical Systems board of directors, and is also a director with Becton, Dickinson and Company.

Brian D. King

MedPlast, Inc. of West Berlin, New Jersey has made Brian D. King its CEO and a member of its board of directors, effective May 1, 2017. King will succeed CEO Harold Faig, who will remain on the company’s board. King more than a quarter-century of experience with companies like Covidien, the DePuy Synthes business of Johnson & Johnson, and McKinsey & Co.  King is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy; he holds a master's degree in civil engineering from Penn State and a Harvard MBA. 

Steve Brown, CFO of the Monrovia, California-based STAAR Surgical Company will resign his position April 28, 2017. STAAR Chief Accounting Officer Deborah Andrews, the company’s former CFO, will fill the position in the interim. In a statement, Brown said his decision was “one of lifestyle and commitment to family.”

Julia E. Richardson has been made director of advocacy and senior counsel at the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) of Washington, D.C. Richardson joins NAPHS from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, where she was Director of the U.S. Office of Legislative Affairs. She has previously been senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules & Administration, served as counsel to the commission chair and vice chair at the Federal Election Commission, and was a legislative assistant/director and district office coordinator in the Florida House of Representatives.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California has promoted senior executive CJ Bhalla to SVP and CFO. Bhalla joined Kaiser Permanente in 2006, and was eventually promoted to CFO of its national information technology unit and VP of national financial performance and planning. Bhalla’s career includes a senior vice presidency at Charles Schwab & Co. and senior management positions at Household International Inc. She has an MBA from Virginia Polytechnic University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Punjab Engineering College, India.

CJ Bhalla

The Scripps Research Institute of San Diego, California has added Ronald W. Burkle to its board of directors. Burkle founded and chairs the Ronald W. Burkle Foundation, founded The Yucaipa Companies, co-chairs the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA, and is a trustee for the Carter Center, the National Urban League, and AIDS Project Los Angeles. 

Bevey Miner

Practice Fusion of San Francisco, California has added Bevey Miner to its executive team. She will have responsibility for marketing and monetization of its EHR products. Miner has had a 20-year career in health information technology, including as executive director of the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI), various executive positions at Allscripts, and in marketing and communication strategies for Healthvision. Most recently, Miner rebranded and relaunched HealthLoop.

Reliant Rehabilitation of Plano, Texas named Chris Bird its new CEO. Bird joins the compay from FastMed Urgent Care, where he was COO; he has been the prior CEO of the mobile dental company ReachOut Healthcare America, and is a past president of RehabCare.

Chris Bird

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