Christopher J. O’Connor, FAHRMM, FACHE
Executive Vice President, GNYHA Ventures, Inc.
President and CEO, Acurity, Inc.
President and CEO, Nexera, Inc.
Christopher J. O’Connor, has worked in the consulting and healthcare industry for over two decades. He has held a variety of leadership positions over the course of his career and has built a reputation as an innovative and growth-oriented thought leader. Mr. O’Connor has worked on the provider side of healthcare and at some of the top consulting firms across the globe.
Currently, he serves as Executive Vice President of GNYHA Ventures, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and the parent company of its for-profit businesses. GNYHA is a unique trade association comprising over 300 hospitals and continuing care facilities, both voluntary and public, in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico.
Mr. O’Connor is also the President and CEO of Acurity, Inc. He is responsible for managing and growing its group purchasing program as well as the company’s Business Solutions Group, Business Strategy, Pharmacy Services, and Strategic Contracting Services divisions. Mr. O’Connor, along with his team, is central to client base expansion, strengthening, and growth. Under his tenure, the company’s profitability has grown exponentially. Most importantly, through this work, the cost curve has been impacted positively.
Mr. O’Connor is also President and CEO of Nexera, Inc., the healthcare consulting firm he created when he first joined GNYHA Ventures in 2003. Nexera’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, technology optimization, management & workforce solutions, sterile processing, value analysis, and through the supply chain, leading providers to the intersection of cost, quality, and outcomes.
Prior to his tenure at GNYHA Ventures, Mr. O’Connor worked at KPMG and Deloitte, where he spent several years working internationally (in Brazil, Holland, and South Africa) on supply chain projects in financial services, manufacturing, and transportation. Back in the U.S., Mr. O’Connor spent a year working with the United Nations and the then-budding Department of Homeland Security. He also successfully worked in the areas of cost reduction, M&A, reorganizations, strategy, system implementation (ERP), technology optimization, and health reform.
Mr. O’Connor is currently a Fellow and Past Chair of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He is former Chair of the Premier Purchasing Partners National Technology Steering Committee (2003–2010) as well as a former Board Member of the Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA). He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and a member of the New York City YMCA Board of Directors.
Mr. O’Connor is an active speaker and author on a variety of healthcare, leadership, and supply chain topics. He has served as an adjunct instructor at Cornell University, Iona College, and SUNY Binghamton teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Healthcare and Supply Chain Management. In addition, he has guest lectured on leadership, career management, and executive perspectives within the healthcare programs.
Mr. O’Connor received his Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Iona College. He also has a Master of Business Administration in Production Operation Management and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Management from Iona College’s Hagan School of Business.