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AMGA Names Interim President and CEO

News  |  By Debra Shute  
   June 09, 2017

Effective immediately, Ryan O’Connor, MBA, CAE, will assume the position of AMGA Interim President and CEO. The search for a permanent leader is underway.

Three months after the death of longtime president and CEO Donald W. Fisher, PhD, CAE, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA)’s succession planning committee has appointed a temporary leader.

Ryan O’Connor, MBA, CAE, has been with the AMGA since 1996, most recently serving as the association’s vice president of membership and marketing, responsible for the strategic direction and management of membership development, recruitment, and retention, as well as the marketing and educational programs for the organization.

Notably, O’Connor has overseen AMGA’s membership activities for more than 15 years and has posted net membership gains each year since 2000. AMGA’s membership and education department activities currently generate approximately 75% of the association’s revenues.

“I am pleased to accept the role of Interim president and CEO and to support AMGA as it continues advancing high-performance health,” O’Connor stated. “I look forward to working with the board and our dedicated and experienced team to continue to deliver on our promise of empowering the delivery of coordinated, patient-centered, high-quality, value-driven healthcare.”

O’Connor’s appointment was unanimously approved by the AMGA board of directors.

“We believe Ryan’s extensive experience with healthcare organizations positions him well for this expanded role,” said Donn Sorensen, MBA, FACMPE, chair, AMGA board of directors and executive vice president, Mercy.

“Ryan has been a key player in leading AMGA’s growth, and we’re certain his strategic skills, industry insight, and commitment to the organization will ensure AMGA remains a leader in the transformation of healthcare,” Sorensen added.

The interim appointment will continue until a new president and CEO is appointed, according to the AMGA. The search process for a permanent president and CEO is underway.

Debra Shute is the Senior Physicians Editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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