SOURCE: Novation

May 10, 2006 17:00 ET

Novation Names Leading Supply Chain Expert Joellyn Willis as New President

Willis to Leverage Management and Logistics Expertise Gained From Utilities and Electronics Industries to Energize Health Care Supply Chain

IRVING, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 10, 2006 -- Novation, the health care contracting services company for VHA Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium, has named Joellyn Willis, 45, as its new president. Willis replaces Mark McKenna, who announced his retirement in November after working at both VHA and Novation for 19 years.

Willis brings to Novation more than 15 years of senior leadership experience directing sourcing and logistics operations in the electronics and utilities industries. Most recently she was the senior supply chain executive for Constellation Energy Group, the nation's leading supplier of competitive energy, based in Baltimore. She has considerable strategic, operational and corporate management experience. Throughout her 25-year career, Willis led organizations to create and use best practices and implement innovative supply chain processes, driving substantial savings along the way.

"Joellyn brings dynamic and forward-looking leadership to Novation," said Curt Nonomaque, president and chief executive officer of VHA. "Her vibrant management style and many years focusing on quality and service in supply chain management are a perfect match for our role to help not-for profit health care organizations afford the best and safest products for patients."

"Joellyn's vast knowledge of complex supply chain issues will help Novation create even greater value for member health care organizations working to control cost while improving patient care," said Robert J. Baker, president and chief executive officer of UHC. "We look forward to the fresh thinking Joellyn will bring Novation, underscoring our commitment to innovation and new ideas. I'm very confident about the future of Novation and its role with us in helping members optimize their supply chains."

Prior to her service with Constellation, Willis worked as a consultant for two years in the manufacturing industry. From 1983 to 2002, Willis held key positions at Schneider Electric, a global electric equipment manufacturer based in Paris. She served as chairperson of the board of Schneider Electric Canada and had profit and loss responsibility for this $200 million operation and its 1,100 employees. She also was senior vice president of operations for Schneider Electric North America, a $2.5 billion division where she was in charge of manufacturing, purchasing, logistics and real estate. Schneider's North American division has 31 facilities and 8,000 employees.

Commenting on her new post, Willis said, "This is an exciting and challenging time to be in the health care industry. Clearly Novation is in a very strong position, addressing the complex needs of hospitals and hospital systems and facing opportunities for improvement as the market continues to shift. I look forward to working with VHA and UHC, continuing to build on the current momentum."

A native of Kokomo, Ind., Willis received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. She and her husband, Greg Simpson, will be relocating to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area from Annapolis, Md.

About Novation

Based in Irving, Texas, Novation is the leading health care contracting services company, delivering unmatched savings and value to nearly 2,500 members of VHA Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), two national health care alliances. Through its public competitive bid process, Novation develops and manages contracts with more than 700 suppliers, both large and small. By combining scale and agility with clinical knowledge and product expertise, Novation offers the most extensive range of innovative contracting services, including: contract development, contract and supplier management, custom contracting, enhanced savings programs, online contract management and analytical tools, order management and online supplier connectivity. VHA and UHC members used Novation's contracts to purchase more than $25 billion in supplies in 2005.

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