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Cerner President Zane Burke to Step Down
Quarterly and full-year guidance reaffirmed
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cerner today announced that Zane Burke will step down as President of the company Nov. 2.
“We thank Zane for his contributions to Cerner across more than two decades,” said Cerner Chairman and CEO Brent Shafer. “Zane leaves the company with a strong client focus and commitment to continued innovation, partnership and sustainable growth deeply engrained in our culture and leadership philosophy. I am very confident in the capabilities of Cerner’s strong and experienced leadership team.”
Since joining Cerner in 1996, Burke had a range of executive positions across sales, implementation, support and finance. He was named President in 2013 after leading Cerner’s client organization.
“Cerner has been a disruptive force of positive change across health care throughout its history, and I’m pleased with the accomplishments we’ve achieved together with our clients and the broader industry community,” Burke said. “Complex and evolving challenges remain, and Cerner is uniquely positioned to continue innovating for the good of consumers and health care providers.”
Effective immediately, John Peterzalek, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Client Relationships, will assume Burke’s responsibilities and the title of Chief Client Officer.
Also today, Cerner reaffirmed its quarterly and full-year guidance as shared in the company’s Aug. 2 second quarter earnings release.
Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,000 contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit Cerner.com, The Cerner Blog or connect on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or The Cerner Podcast. Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You.
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