Cerner looks outside company, taps Philips exec as new CEO

Cerner has named a Philips North America executive to be its CEO.

Brent Shafer will become chief executive officer and chairman of Cerner, the North Kansas City-based health care IT company, on Feb. 1. He has been CEO of the North America operations of Netherlands-based Royal Philips since 2014.

At Cerner, Shafer, 60, will succeed interim CEO and chairman Cliff Illig, the vice chairman and co-founder who assumed the post after co-founder Neal Patterson died last year. Illig will return to the vice chairman’s post.

Philips North America provides a variety of health care technologies, including patient monitoring, imaging, clinical informatics, sleep and respiratory care. It also sells consumer-oriented brands.

“Brent is an approachable leader and effective communicator who has a clear understanding of where health care needs to go,” Illig said in a release. “He is a proven chief executive with a tremendous ability to help drive Cerner into the future.”

Read more: Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal

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