Cerner COO Black sets retirement date

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Healthcare information systems developer Cerner announced that Paul Black, the Kansas City-based firm’s executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO), has decided to retire effective August 31 this year.

Black joined Cerner in 1994 as the regional vice president responsible for sales and delivery for the company’s Kansas City branch. Most recently, Black was the lead executive for the company’s activities in two areas, Healthe Employer Services and DeviceWorks, Cerner’s healthcare device organization. Black was promoted to executive vice president in 2000 and appointed COO in 2005.

Bill Wing, vice president, will continue as the executive with primary responsibility for the company’s Healthe Employer Services initiatives and Bill Miller, vice president, will continue to be primarily responsible for DeviceWorks.

Cerner stated that it is not currently planning to name a new COO.