Cerner names president, promotes another C-level executive

Posted on: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 By: KorchekStaff

Cerner Corp. promoted one top executive to the role of president and expanded the role of another C-level executive.

The moves, announced Tuesday, are part of what Cerner (Nasdaq: CERN) said is a larger change to its leadership structure. That process has been ongoing since Brent Shafer became CEO in February 2018, leading to an exodus from the C-suite.

The North Kansas City-based health care IT company named Don Trigg as president. In a release, Cerner said Trigg will oversee its product portfolio, key product lines, and performance and profitability.

The president position had been unfilled since Zane Burke resigned in November 2018. Burke had worked at the company more than two decades.

Cerner also announced the appointment of John Peterzalek to chief client and services officer. Peterzalek, who had been executive vice president and chief client officer, adds responsibility for Cerner services, consulting, support and data hosting.

Although the company announcement referred to other moves, none were specified.

“These appointments, along with other enhancements we are making to Cerner’s leadership structure to create better alignment and accountability, will build on the progress we’ve made since launching Cerner’s new operating model in 2019 to align more closely with our clients’ strategic objectives and position Cerner for longer-term growth,” Shafer said in a release.

Trigg joined Cerner’s corporate marketing team in 2002 after being director of policy for then-U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans. He also had served in a senior communications position in George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign.

Trigg has had several positions with Cerner, including chief marketing officer, according to the company’s most recent annual report.