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CHAMPS Group Purchasing Announces New President and CEO

May 01, 2019

Brian Lane has been named the new president and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs, CHAMPS Group Purchasing and CHAMPS Oncology, effective May 15. Lane will succeed Phil Mazanec, who has served the organization for nearly 40 years, including as the interim president and CEO for the last 16 months.

Lane has over 20 years of experience, specializing in administration, senior management, executing product roll-out campaigns, business development and sales. He has held strategic executive positions for leading technology companies, Fortune 500 companies, Big 5 consulting practices, clinical practices, medical communication firms and associations.


“The Center’s Board of Directors was very impressed with Lane throughout the interview process,” said Heidi L. Gartland, vice president, government and community relations, University Hospitals and chair of The Center for Health Affairs’ Board of Directors. “He brings to the organization strong leadership credentials, a deep understanding of the complex healthcare landscape, experience in leading hospital associations and a history of business innovation and program development. He is perfectly suited to lead The Center and its business affiliates, CHAMPS Group Purchasing and CHAMPS Oncology.”

The selection of Lane concludes a national search conducted by the executive search committee of the organization’s board and facilitated by Waverly Partners, LLC, a nationwide executive search firm serving Fortune 500 companies, including manufacturing and service corporations, as well as nonprofits. Lane was selected through a multi-step process that included interviews with the search firm, the executive search committee and the organization’s senior leadership.

“Lane quickly distinguished himself during the process,” said Ralph A. Dise, Jr., president of Dise & Company and chair of the Search Committee of the Board of Directors. “He has a strong track record of creating a shared vision, inspiring his team to be part of the vision, and overcoming obstacles to reach goals. He looks forward to applying his entrepreneurial experiences and business acumen to an action-oriented healthcare-focused association.”


“I am very confident Brian’s background will enable him to adjust quickly to the organization and ensure The Center is aligned with hospitals’ priorities and focused on maximizing membership value,” said Mazanec. “I will be working closely with him to ensure he has a full understanding of The Center, its organization and board structures, and our corporate culture, and that he gets to know all of our employees located in the Cleveland office and across the country.”

Lane, who received his Master of Science in Health Systems Management from Rush University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, has deep roots in healthcare. His early career includes time with Rush University Medical Center as well as Ernst and Young, after which he joined Qwest Communications to run their Midwest healthcare practice. He also spent seven years at the American Hospital Association, where he served as vice president of strategic alliances, market development and technology, and held leadership roles in leading technology-oriented organizations.

Most recently, Lane has been residing in Connecticut and serving at Oracle as the key account director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), one of the organization’s top revenue producing and market leading accounts. In this role, he is chartered with developing and driving the execution of a multi-year strategic plan along with worldwide communication inside the Oracle global organization and with the key account. Prior to serving in this role, Lane was Oracle’s global client advisor for Cigna and CVS, and also had been the lead healthcare strategist for HHS and the U.S. Defense Health Agency.

Lane is known for being a dynamic results-oriented senior operating executive and tactical business strategist in the healthcare and technology fields. He is a thought leader skilled at executing complex strategies, leading multi-disciplinary teams and integrating business, technology and organizational dynamics in innovative decision making. His core strengths are his ability to recognize the needs of an organization and its customers, assemble and lead a strong team, and manage shifting priorities and market opportunities to best serve clients and generate revenue.

“It is an honor to be selected as the new president and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs,” said Lane. “The Center has a long and rich history of enhancing the impact of the healthcare community within Northeast Ohio. I am looking forward to joining this great team of dedicated employees and well-respected members and a truly committed board of directors. Most importantly I look forward to calling the Cleveland area my home.”

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