16th July 2019
Kareen Forissier becomes new COO
EIT Health on 1 February 2018 announced that its Supervisory Board has officially appointed Jan-Philipp Beck, currently the organisation’s Chief Operations Officer, as its new CEO, effective immediately.
“Jan-Philipp has contributed significantly during his tenure as COO in building out the strategy, processes and systems of the organisation. We’re delighted that he has accepted our nomination to lead EIT Health through its next phase”, said Alexander von Gabain, EIT Health Supervisory Board Chair.
Beck, a graduate of the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, joined EIT Health from EY and previously Deloitte, where his work involved supporting industry, universities and research organisations with the development and roll-out of R&D, innovation projects and related financing concepts.
Prior to this, he was Executive Director of the European Youth Parliament, an educational project of the Schwarzkopf-Stiftung in Berlin, where he oversaw the organisation’s work connecting over 30,000 young people a year across 34 countries.
“This is a really exciting time for EIT Health, and I’m thrilled to be taking on the role of CEO”, said Beck. “I truly believe that the organisation can play a key role in connecting the healthcare needs of citizens with policy makers and our incredible network of over 140 partners to deliver innovative healthcare projects that can positively transform healthcare outcomes across Europe”, he added.
Beck takes over from outgoing CEO, Sylvie Bovie, who has decided to leave EIT Health to pursue other opportunities.
“We are very grateful to Sylvie for her achievements in the establishment phase of EIT Health, and we look forward under Jan-Philipp’s leadership to the consolidation and growth of the work she started”, said von Gabain.
EIT Health also announced that Kareen Forissier, currently Head of the Project Management Office, will succeed Jan-Philipp as COO.
“Kareen’s science background as well as significant business and policy experience make her an ideal candidate for COO”, said Beck. “EIT Health is now well established with a clear strategy and the systems and processes to support it. I’m tremendously excited about working with Kareen to bring more of our projects and initiatives to life and showcase the transformative value of the organisation and our network”, he added.