Tuesday, 06 October 2020 12:49

PKS appoints Tim Kelsey as new CEO

PKS' newly appointed CEO, Tim Kelsey PKS' newly appointed CEO, Tim Kelsey

Australian-listed healthcare data services provider PKS has appointed former Digital Health Agency chief Tim Kelsey as its new CEO as it embarks on its next phase of growth.

Kelsey, described by PKS (ASX: PKS) as a pioneer of advanced data services in healthcare, replaces current managing director Ron van der Pluijm, who will support Kelsey through the transition and continue in his role as non-executive director.

As well as his former role at Australia’s Digital Health Agency, Kelsey was also National Director for Patients and Information at the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and former chair of the Global Digital Health.

Kelsey most recently served as Senior Vice President of HIMSS Analytics International (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society), an organisation which measures impacts of digital health programs to improve clinical, social and economic outcomes in more than 50 countries.

PKS says Kelsey’s start date will be confirmed prior to the end the year.

PKS Chair, Mike Hill said: ‘We are delighted to appoint Tim as chief executive – he has a proven track record for growth and delivery as a private sector entrepreneur and a public service leader.”

“He is a highly regarded expert in data analytics and broader digital health services both in Australia and internationally. Tim’s appointment was the culmination of an extensive CEO succession planning process.

“The Board is deeply appreciative of the outstanding leadership Ron has provided PKS as it has become a growing public company with a solid foundation for significant growth.

Tim has an outstanding network of high profile global healthcare decision makers in both the private and public sectors. He will be a highly capable successor as we continue to accelerate our strategy, expand the business internationally, scale up the sales and marketing functions and continue to develop globally leading products.”

“The listing of PKS, renegotiation of various major agreements including with Abbott and the transformational acquisition of Pavilion Heath have been some of my proudest achievements in my career,” said Ron van der Pluijm.

“However, I believe it is now the right time to hand over the management of the company’s next stage of growth to Tim. PKS as a company has a very strong value proposition and I will continue to assist Tim and the executive team with a smooth transition period as a non-executive Director. I look forward to being a part of and watching PKS’ future successes.”

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