Update from symplr
As a trusted partner in healthcare, we understand the importance of making the health and safety of our employees, customers, and our local communities our top priority. The recent COVID-19 Delta variant surge is a serious matter that we have been monitoring closely alongside our customers. As cases continue to climb across the country as well as attendees and other large companies withdrawing from HIMSS, we have made the decision to not attend HIMSS 2021 in Las Vegas next week. This was not an easy decision — we look forward to seeing our customers at HIMSS every year — but this is a decision that reflects our values and commitment to do everything we can to protect our employees, our customers, and the communities we live in.
We will still actively participate in the conference virtually and look forward to engaging with all of you who requested meetings with us next week. If you were planning on dropping by our booth at HIMSS, we still want to connect with you and share some of the results our customers have experienced during 2021. Click here to schedule an appointment to learn more about our expanded solutions in healthcare operations.
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Meet the symplr team at HIMSS
BJ Schaknowski is a seasoned software industry executive, with over 20 years of experience in leadership roles across a wide variety of operating functions. Before joining symplr, BJ served as the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Vertafore, the world's leading provider of insurance technology. Prior to that, BJ spent four years at LexisNexis Software Solutions in progressively ascending roles, culminating as its SVP Marketing, Sales & Services. He held numerous senior and global leadership roles earlier in his career at CA Technologies, Intuit, and Sage Software.
BJ brings his dedication to creating balanced value and outcomes for employees, customers, and shareholders to the symplr community. Deeply committed to philanthropic efforts, BJ was recently appointed to the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors, joining an elite group of nearly two dozen executives from various industries who help govern and advise Komen, which is the world’s leading non-profit breast cancer organization. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Data Management. BJ earned a BA in Communications from the State University of New York at Geneseo and his MBA at the University of Georgia – Terry College of Business. Schaknowski also served in the United States Marine Corps infantry as an enlisted reservist for 8 years. He lives in Denver with his wife, Heather, and two children.
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Product Officer, Brian Fugere leads all product management and user experience (UX) design efforts in the company. During the past two years, he also served as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and led the engineering organization. Bringing almost 30 years of go-to-market experience in software companies of all sizes, Fugere was most recently the CMO of Virence Health, a carve out from GE Healthcare. Prior roles include President of The Estimating Edge, Chief Operating Officer and CMO of RemitDATA, and leadership positions at Belo Interactive, Stryker, and America Online.
Fugere has deep experience in executive leadership, marketing, product, sales, and operations across public, private equity, and venture-backed companies. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Data Management. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from George Mason University, and has completed a leadership and business program at Harvard Business School.
Chief Product Officer