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Jena Abernathy Joins Witt/Kieffer

Thursday, June 09, 2011
 
FORMER PREMIER INC. EXECUTIVE JENA ABERNATHY JOINS WITT/KIEFFER SEARCH PRACTICE
 
Oak Brook, IL . . . Jena E. Abernathy, formerly chief administrative officer of Premier, Inc., has joined Witt/Kieffer as the firm’s newest vice president and shareholder, Witt/Kieffer President and CEO Jim Gauss announced today.   Witt/Kieffer is the nation’s only top 10 executive search firm specializing in healthcare, higher education and not-for-profit organizations. Abernathy has more than 25 years of human capital management, performance excellence and organizational development experience working with healthcare providers, suppliers, life sciences companies and venture capital start-ups.    
 
Based in the firm’s Atlanta office, Abernathy’s national practice will include recruiting board members, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CHROs and other senior leaders for hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers and not-for-profit organizations, as well as life sciences, manufacturing, distribution and other healthcare corporations.
 
“Jena’s extensive background in both the healthcare provider and supplier worlds gives her a comprehensive perspective across the healthcare industry,” Gauss said.  “Her business acumen and strategic planning skills make her ideally suited to help clients navigate leadership transitions, rapid growth and dramatic changes in healthcare delivery, supply chain management and bio-tech developments.”  
 
As chief administrative officer for the national healthcare alliance, Premier, Inc., Jena worked closely with hospital and health system CEOs and HR leaders, and spearheaded a comprehensive human resources program including benefits, compensation, employment law, organizational development and performance excellence. She also served as executive lead when Premier was awarded the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA.
 

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