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 also was 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 boards of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), which promotes competitive policies, rapid product approvals, appropriate reimbursement and access to international markets for the medical technology industry; and No Barriers USA, a nonprofit that organizes life-changing experiences for youth, veterans and people with disabilities.
Shafer is also active in the Health Management Academy, a community of executives from the largest U.S. integrated health systems and most innovative health care companies.
He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.
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