People on the Move – June 18, 2018

By Matt Skoufalos

Eisai Inc. has named Lihua Yu to president and chief data sciences officer of its drug discovery company H3 Biomedicine. Yu was most recently H3’s chief data sciences officer; she spent 12 years at AstraZeneca, and holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University.

Lihua Yu

Tufts Health Freedom Plan named Geraldine Vaughan its president. Vaughan was most recently COO of Rush Health; she has held leadership positions with Circle Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Tufts Health Plan.

Geraldine Vaughan

Thomas Pearl has been named vice president of human resources for Organogenesis Inc. Pearl was formerly vice president of human resources for laboratory diagnostics at Siemens AG; previously, he held senior positions at Bayer HealthCare. Pearl has a bachelor's degree in finance from Siena College.

Thomas Pearl

Francine Westergaard

Lynda Mikalauskas

John Yoon

Joint Commission International (JCI) of Oak Brook, Illinois has shifted its Middle East Region Principal Consultant Francine Westergaard to European region principal consultant in the European Region. Westergaard has more than 30 years of nursing experience as a practitioner, educator, administrator and researcher, and holds master's degrees in nursing education and business administration. Lynda Mikalauskas will take over as JCI principal consultant in the Middle East and Africa Region. Mikalauskas was former associate director of the JCI European office, former director of nursing at the American Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey, and chief clinical/chief nursing officer at Johns Hopkins Medicine International in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Kathryn Leonhardt has been named principal consultant of the JCI Quality and Safety Training program. Leonhardt is a board-certified preventive medicine physician who has been vice president of clinical quality, vice president of patient experience, and patient safety officer at a Wisconsin health system. John Yoon has been named JCI managing director of the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining JCI, Yoon was the Philips Healthcare regional director of Southeast Asia and head of Philips Capital at the Asia-Pacific office in Singapore.

Elizabeth Holmes has relinquished her post as CEO of Theranos Inc. General counsel David Taylor will add her duties to his own; Holmes, the founder of Theranos, will remain as chair of its board.

NurseGrid of Portland, Oregon has added Lorenzo Ciacci as CTO, Eric Hall as vice president of professional services and customer success, Ward Sparacio as vice president of sales, and Pam Pure as a member of its board. The company also promoted Andrea Grimshaw to vice president of product and Jen McLean to vice president of people.

MMS Holdings Inc. has added Lisa James as director of business operations and client relations. James was most recently director of corporate operations at Health Decisions,Inc., and has worked at Fulcrum Pharma Developments Inc., which was later acquired by Aptiv Solutions, and is now part of ICON plc.

Rani Therapeutics has added Dennis Ausiello to its board of directors. A former chief of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1996 until 2013, Ausiello directs the Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Health (CATCH), a joint effort between Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also serves on the board of directors of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Alnylam, Seres Therapeutics, and is a consultant for Verily.

Tyber Medical LLC has promoted Executive Vice President of Operations Gary Thomas to COO and added Wesley Johnson as executive vice president of product development.

AMRI has named Prakash Pandian as CIO; he has been CIO of Biogen Corp., was senior director of IT at Millipore Corp. and Merck Millipore, and holds a post-graduate diploma in digital electronics and computers from Madras Christian College.

TrialScope promoted product management director Francine Lane to vice president of global transparency.

Castlight Health Inc. has promoted Chief Product Officer Maeve O'Meara to executive vice president of product and customer experience, and added Judith K. Verhave, chairwoman of the National Business Group on Health, to its board of directors.

NuVasive Inc. has added Lisa Pecora as vice president of global commercial finance, Tristan Ribar as vice president of corporate finance and treasury, and promoted Marc Rosenbaum to corporate controller.

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