Ian Adler Memorial Healthcare Innovator Award
The Ian Adler Memorial Healthcare Innovator Award gives our attendees, hosts and sponsors an opportunity to recognize outstanding operating executives who, as health industry change agents and Chief Executive Officers, have made a dramatic impact on the success of their individual companies in terms of value creation; the implementation of sector-shaping business models and innovative business practices; culture and team-building; and their individual/organizational impact on the overall healthcare scene.
In nominating and selecting awardees, we have a strong bias for leaders who have achieved these goals within the context of the emerging growth arena, and whose entire body of work across a career in relevant settings can be recognized by our Conference. The healthcare segments represented in a nominee’s background include healthcare services, managed care, and health information.
2018 Award Recipient: R. Andrew Eckert
R. Andrew Eckert
CEO & President, Acelity
This year, the Healthcare Leaders Conference honors R. Andrew Eckert, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acelity. Andy Eckert has served as CEO of KCI, an Acelity Company, since April 2017. Since joining, Andy has grown the company’s industry-leading wound therapy portfolio through product innovation, strategic acquisitions and global expansion.
Prior to joining KCI, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Valence Health, an emerging leader in value-based healthcare. Andy previously served as Chief Executive Officer of TriZetto, a leader in payer information technology, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CRC Health Group, the leading behavioral health treatment provider owned by Bain Capital. Earlier in his career, he was Chief Executive Officer of Eclipsys Corporation from 2005-2009, and Chief Executive Officer of SumTotal Systems from 2002-2005. Andy began his career at ADAC Laboratories, including four years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until its sale to Philips Medical systems in 2000.
Andy has served on a number of corporate boards and is currently the Chairman of Varian Medical Systems, as well as a Director at Becton, Dickinson and Company. From 2009 to 2010, he served as a General Partner with Symphony Technology Group, a private equity firm in Palo Alto. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, both from Stanford University.
Past Innovator Award Recipients
Toby Cosgrove, MD
Senator Bill Frist
Norman Payson, MD
In Memory of Ian Adler
In 2016, with the untimely passing of Ian Adler, the Innovator Award was renamed as a tribute to our great friend and sponsor.
Ian was Senior Managing Director of Healthcare at Marwood Group, and his energy, passionate commitent to the healthcare industry, and his generosity of spirit embody all the best of Healthcare Leaders.
We sincerely miss him.