Jena E. Abernathy
Jena Abernathy was fast-tracked very early in her career and has over 25 years of senior level executive management experience. Her entrepreneurial and creative spirit — along with seasoned judgment — helped her achieve success in a variety of roles in non-traditional settings including finance, manufacturing and distribution. Today she is a nationally recognized leader in human capital management, performance excellence and organizational development, and a passionate advocate for women in executive and governing board roles. As a young executive, Jena served as vice president, human resources and administration for a publically-traded financial institution. As one of only two female senior executive officers, she assisted withthe company’s reorganization and acted as a change-agent that resulted in a financial turnaround impacting shareholder value.
Later at General Medical Corporation, Jena was the most senior female executive holding a seat on the supply company’s Executive Operating Board, leading a total reorganization and pushing quality and customer service initiatives.
Jena subsequently held senior level positions at Fisher Scientific International, a manufacturer and distributor of laboratory supplies and services and Premier, Inc., a national alliance of 2,300 hospitals and health systems. While serving as the chief administrative officer, Jena spearheaded comprehensive human resources services and served as executive lead when Premier received the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Jena is a senior partner at Witt/Kieffer and serves on the firm’s board of directors. Jena coaches candidates and assists clients in identifying board members, CEOs and other C-Suite leaders for hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers as well as manufacturing, distribution and healthcare corporations. She is a noted leadership expert and frequent speaker, and has been quoted in Becker’s Hospital Review, CBS Money Watch, CNN.com and many other leading media outlets. She is also a member of AccessCircles, a leading business network for women, and serves on not-for-profit boards.
B.S., Business Administration, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
Jena E. Abernathy
3414 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326