WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Avalere Health announced today it has elected John Neeson to its board of directors. Neeson is a well-recognized thought leader in business-to-business marketing and a former senior executive at the Gartner Group.
"John is an expert in building outstanding companies that support business and non-profit organizations with mission-critical information," said Dan Mendelson CEO of Avalere Health. "His focus on the syndication of intellectual property will help Avalere better serve its customers and find new audiences for its unique content."
Neeson has more than 25 years focused on marketing, product development, sales management, communications and general management for a variety of businesses and industries. Prior to founding SiriusDecisions, the world's leading source for business-to-business sales and marketing best-practice research and data, Neeson was chief executive officer of Skila, a SaaS provider of business intelligence solutions for the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries.
Neeson also spent 12 years at Gartner Group as a member of the company's senior management team, holding positions that included vice president of sales, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, and executive vice president and general manager of the Technology Provider Group. As one of the five officers of the company, Neeson was instrumental in helping Gartner grow from $15 million in yearly sales to $800 million through the development of the company's brand strategy and the creation of concepts such as Enterprise Resource Planning. While at Gartner, Neeson played an active role in more than 25 acquisitions and investments.
Neeson has served as a board member for Jupiter Communications, and also has been an advisor to several start-up companies. He is founder of Executive Edge magazine, a joint venture between Gartner Group and Forbes.
Neeson received a BA in economics from Ithaca College.
Avalere Health is an advisory services company whose core purpose is to create innovative solutions to complex healthcare problems. Based in Washington, DC, the firm delivers research, analysis, insight, and strategy for leaders in healthcare business and policy. Avalere's experts span 140 staff drawn from the federal government (e.g., CMS, OMB, CBO, and the Congress), Fortune 500 healthcare companies, top consultancies, and nonprofits. The firm offers deep substance in areas ranging from healthcare coverage and financing to the changing role of evidence in healthcare decision-making. Its focus on strategy is supported by a rigorous, in-house analytic research group that uses public and private data to generate quantitative insight. Through events, publications, and interactive programs, Avalere also translates real-time healthcare developments into actionable information.
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