The search process for a new, permanent CEO for Fenway Health is nearing completion. With this in mind, we wanted to share with you the progress that’s been made and a projected timeline for what remains to be completed.
As you may recall, our CEO search committee hired Heidrick & Struggles, a well-respected, international search firm to help with the search process. With search committee, board and leadership recommendations, Heidrick & Struggles representatives then met with more than 50 key stakeholders, including board, staff, community leaders and close associates of Fenway Health, as well as other local healthcare leaders. They also became more familiar with Fenway Health including our challenges and opportunities. Those stakeholder interviews provided the basis for a position specification relative to the CEO search at Fenway. This extensive document outlines the experience, skill set and personal traits that are critical success factors for the CEO position.
With a large healthcare division, Heidrick & Struggles started with a contact list of almost 200, connected with 75 individuals and continued winnowing the candidate pool down to a manageable number to present to the search committee. From that, the committee selected a smaller group to personally interview and then selected three as finalists.
It is important to note that particular attention has been paid by Heidrick & Struggles in identifying candidates who represent the diversity of Fenway Health. A large percentage of the candidate pool represented gender, racial and ethnic diversity. In identifying candidates, they reached out to membership organizations in healthcare that represent and promote equity, diversity and inclusion in healthcare leadership.
Because of the importance of confidentiality to the candidates themselves, the names of any candidates involved in this process will not be shared publicly. It is anticipated that a final recommendation to the full board will be made by the search committee in early November. However, the identity of the candidate will not become public until they have been approved by the board and a contract has been executed. The start date will depend on the individual candidate selected. However, it will be our intent to announce the name of the new CEO in November and introduce them to the staff in person before the end of the calendar year.
We’d like to again thank the seven person search committee that is helping lead this process: co-chair board members Lisa Paine and Benjamin Perkins, board member Jonathan Matsui, former board member Joe Castellana, Dr. Jennifer Potter, representing The Fenway Institute as well as the greater medical community, and employees Kimella Dixon and Tfawa Haynes.
We will continue to keep you updated as we have more information.