Paul Black, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Cerner Corp., the Kansas City, Mo.-based healthcare information technology vendor, will retire effective Aug. 31, the company has announced. Black joined the company in 1994 as a regional vice president of sales, was named executive vice president in 2000 and COO in 2005. The company declined a request to provide Black's age, but the latest annual report, or 10-K, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, reported that Black was 48 years old.
Cerner Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Neal Patterson said in a news release that Black "leaves the company with a significant legacy, having helped create a strong client-focused leadership team that can build on Paul's accomplishments."
Cerner is not planning to name a replacement COO, according to the release. -- by Joseph Conn / HITS staff writer
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