Chairman and CEO
As chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Cerner, Brent Shafer focuses on growing and expanding Cerner’s market-oriented business units, consumer brand, key strategic relationships and priority corporate initiatives.
Previously chief executive officer of Philips North America, Shafer oversaw a health technology portfolio that included a broad range of solutions and services covering patient monitoring, imaging, clinical informatics, sleep and respiratory care as well as a group of market-leading consumer-oriented brands. Shafer was also previously the chief executive officer of the global Philips Home Healthcare Solutions business.
Shafer has extensive experience driving value-based business models from a foundation of innovation. He has helped lead the growth of a complex multinational organization over a number of years in senior leadership positions with Philips. He has also served in senior leadership positions at other companies, including GE Medical Systems, Hill-Rom and Hewlett-Packard. Shafer started his career at Intermountain Healthcare’s Primary Children’s Hospital.
He serves on the board of No Barriers USA, a nonprofit that organizes life-changing experiences for youth, veterans and people with disabilities.
Shafer is active in the Health Management Academy, a network of executives from the nation’s largest integrated health systems and the industry’s most innovative companies striving to shape the future of health care. He is also a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a forum for the nation’s health care leaders to jointly develop policies, plans and programs to achieve their vision of a system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans.
He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.
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