athenahealth (ATHN) Announces COO David E. Robinson to Retire; Other Changes Announced

June 4, 2010 9:03 AM EDT
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athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHN) today announced changes to its management team.

Operations and Technology

Effective July 1, 2010, David E. Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will resign from the position of COO in keeping with the anticipated length of service under his employment agreement. Mr. Robinson, who joined athenahealth in 2009, will transition the COO role to Ed Park, athenahealth’s current Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Park, who joined athenahealth in 1998, while best known for co-creating its national physician network, athenaNet®, has worked closely with athenahealth’s operations teams over the last decade on applying innovation to develop a fully scalable services platform. Mr. Park will report to Jonathan Bush, athenahealth’s Chairman and CEO.

In conjunction with this transition, Jeremy Delinsky will be appointed Chief Technology Officer and will report to Mr. Park. Mr. Delinsky, who joined athenahealth in 2004, is currently Senior Vice President of athenaNet Intelligence. During his tenure, Mr. Delinsky has held various leadership roles in product development and operations focusing on the strategic deployment of network knowledge and the use of technology to drive process innovation.

“Dave joined us to meet key short-term goals for our operational teams and to groom internal talent for the COO role. We thank Dave for achieving these goals and for his leadership as COO,” commented Bush. “Ed built the foundation for athenahealth’s technology and operations teams and has been instrumental in shaping our growth strategy over the past ten-plus years. As athenahealth has evolved, he has become increasingly involved in operational strategy and execution, which positioned him as an ideal internal candidate for the COO post. In addition, Jeremy’s cross-functional experience leading product development, operations, and technology teams at athenahealth during the last six years will make him a highly effective CTO.” Bush continued, “We congratulate both Ed and Jeremy on their new roles and are confident in their ability to leverage technology and people in pursuit of our growth objectives and our vision for an information infrastructure that makes health care work as it should.”

Business Development

Effective July 1, 2010, Nancy G. Brown, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, will step down from her position to pursue other opportunities. Ms. Brown joined athenahealth in 2004 and has led product strategy initiatives as well as business development efforts during her tenure. Ms. Brown will continue to serve as an employee of athenahealth until July 31, 2010, and will transition her responsibilities to Derek Hedges, who currently serves as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Product Strategy. Mr. Hedges joined athenahealth in 2005 and, during his tenure, led its channel partnerships as well as its strategic enterprise sales organization.

“Nancy’s entrepreneurial energy has been a great asset to athenahealth over the past six years. From her initial work on the development of athenaClinicalsSM through her leadership on key strategic partnerships and acquisitions, she has built a talented team focused on expanding athenahealth’s presence as an industry leader,” said Bush. “Derek has worked closely with Nancy for the past five years and possesses over a decade of experience in strategic roles within the health care technology industry. We wish Nancy the very best in her endeavors and congratulate Derek on broadening his leadership role at athenahealth.”

“Thanks to our tremendous internal talent and the strong leadership of our long-standing executives, I am confident we have the right team in place to move this business forward and distinguish our services in the physician market,” concluded Bush.

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