Christopher J. O’Connor, CMRP, FACHE
President & CEO
Christopher J. O’Connor has worked on the provider side of healthcare and at some of the top consulting firms across the globe for more than two decades. He has held a variety of leadership positions over the course of his career and has built a reputation as an innovative, growth-oriented thought leader. He serves as President and CEO to Nexera. He also currently serves as Executive Vice President of GNYHA Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and the parent company of its for-profit businesses, Nexera and Acurity, a group purchasing organization and supply chain resource for hospitals and health systems. GNYHA is a unique trade association comprising over 160 hospitals and health systems (both voluntary and public) in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico.
Mr. O’Connor created Nexera when he first joined GNYHA Ventures in 2003. The company’s initial focus was to help hospitals and long-term care facilities identify and implement strategies to reduce supply chain costs through operational and strategic improvement. Today, the firm’s services have grown to include financial improvement, performance improvement, clinical engagement, and workforce solutions, and using the supply chain to lead providers to the intersection of cost, quality, and outcomes (CQO).
An author and frequent speaker on a variety of healthcare, leadership, and supply chain topics, Mr. O’Connor has served as an adjunct instructor at Cornell University, Pace University, Iona College, and SUNY Binghamton, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Healthcare and Supply Chain Management. He has also guest lectured on healthcare leadership, career management, and executive perspectives.
He is a Fellow and Affiliate Representative Board Member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM)—a forum through which he led the introduction of the CQO Movement for supply chain professionals—as well as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. He is also former Chair of the Premier Purchasing Partners National Technology Steering Committee (2003–10) as well as a former Board Member of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA).