Jerome Labat has joined Cerner Corp. as chief technology officer, the company announced Monday.
As CTO, Labat's responsibilities will include building up Cerner's cloud computing and software-as-a-service platforms, as well as integrating artificial intelligence into the company's tools.
Labat, who has more than 30 years of leadership experience in technology and product development, most recently served as CTO of Micro Focus International, a British software and information technology business.
He previously held leadership positions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., including serving as CTO for HPE Software and leading the company's cloud automation business. He also led infrastructure automation and development operations at Oracle Corp. as a vice president.
Labat's "background directly aligns with key priorities including delivering Cerner's next-generation cognitive platform and accelerating the speed of Cerner's technological innovations that meaningfully benefit our clients around the globe," said Brent Shafer, Cerner's chair and CEO, in a statement.
Labat holds an MBA in international business administration from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris, France.
Cerner, one of the biggest electronic health records brands, is in the midst of an ongoing effort to improve efficiency and profitability as part of an agreement it struck with activist investment fund Starboard Value last year. That effort includes a focus on portfolio management, business simplification and cost cutting.
The company in April posted $1.41 billion in revenue for this year's first quarter, up 2% year-over-year. Its adjusted operating margin for the quarter was 19.38%.