A new subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has hired its second in command, picking from the same tree that supplied the subsidiary its chief. Michael Davis, 50, was named executive vice president of products and services for HIMSS Analytics, a Chicago-based company unveiled in February and launched in April with the appointment of David Garets as president and chief executive officer. Both Davis and Garets are former analysts for IT advisory firm Gartner. Besides Davis, who will be based in Denver, Garets named three other executives of his leadership team: Cynthia Porter, 50, executive vice president of sales and marketing; Ralph Wakerly, 47, vice president of market research services; and Lisa Decker, 45, vice president of operations. Porter was president of Porter Research, a Norcross, Ga.-based market research company. Wakerly, an independent consultant, formerly was vice president of marketing for First Consulting Group, a Long Beach, Calif.-based healthcare IT consulting firm. Decker formerly was vice president of product operations for Sheldon I. Dorenfest & Associates, the Chicago firm that sold its healthcare IT market research database to HIMSS Analytics in June for $6 million. -- by John Morrissey
HIMSS Analytics adds to management team
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