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Richard Schwartz joined Health Evolution as the company’s new President at the beginning of January 2020 with the charge to continue innovating and iterating its events and digital offerings to best serve the provider, payer and life sciences CEO community and the organizations they lead.

Prior to Health Evolution, Schwartz served as Chief Operating Officer of the Advisory Board Company’s health care practice, which he helped lead from 2002-2018, during which the organizations expanded from fewer than 100 employees serving several hundred customers to more than 2,000 employees serving several thousand clients and generating more than $500 million in revenue.

To introduce Schwartz to the Health Evolution readership, we inquired about his background, what his charter is as President and, on a personal note, an interesting aspect of his current life that just might surprise colleagues. 

To begin with the basics for our readers, please tell us about your professional background.
Schwartz: My principal professional experience is with the Advisory Board Company. I came there straight out of business school when the health care practice was still in its early stages. Across my tenure – spanning more than two decades – I had the opportunity to run the original research and insights business, launch the Advisory Board consulting division, integrate and grow strategic acquisitions, and oversee the firm’s build-out of the leading data and analytics software suite for hospitals and health systems, before running the entire health care business as COO in my latter years there. In doing so, I had the privilege of working with an extraordinary set of colleagues on behalf of thousands of member organizations. 

Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan brings more than two decades in editing and journalism experience to Health Evolution. Sullivan most recently served as Editor-in-Chief at HIMSS, leading Healthcare IT News, Health Finance, MobiHealthNews. Prior to HIMSS Media, Sullivan was News Editor of IDG’s InfoWorld, directing a dozen reporters’ coverage for the weekly print publication and daily website.