WILLIAM J. GRUBBS became President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of the Company on April 1, 2013. He became Chief Executive Officer of the Company on July 5, 2013. From October 2012 through March 2013, Mr. Grubbs was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Trueblue, Inc., a staffing company. From 2005 through 2011, Mr. Grubbs held various senior executive positions with SFN Group, Inc., a staffing company formerly known as Spherion Corporation. Mr. Grubbs holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from University of New Hampshire. He is currently on the advisory boards of Diversant, LLC and Lannick Group of Companies.
Bill Burns is the Chief Financial Officer for Cross Country Healthcare Inc. and has a proven track record for creating highly efficient and service-oriented accounting and finance organizations for large public companies. A Certified Public Accountant with more than 20 years of experience, Bill has held various senior leadership positions in diverse industries including technology and general staffing. Most recently Bill served as Group Vice President and Corporate Controller for Gartner Inc. and previously as Chief Accounting Officer for CA Technologies, Inc. and Adecco US. Bill earned a Masters of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Information Systems from Queens College.
Susan E. Ball, JD, MBA, RN has served as General Counsel since May 2004 and Secretary since March 2010. Prior to that, Ms. Ball served as our Corporate Counsel from March 2002 to May 2004. Ms. Ball has also served as a Director of Jamestown Indemnity, Ltd. since September 2008. Before joining us, Ms. Ball practiced law at Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A. from November 1998 to March 2002 and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom from 1996 to November 1998. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Ball was a registered nurse. Ms. Ball received her B.S. degree in Nursing from The Ohio State University, her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School, and her Masters of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.
Responsible for leading the company’s sales and marketing strategic initiatives, Deb helps bring a strong marketing identity with current and future clients through leveraging the best services our brands offer. She ensures that Cross Country supports our clients by creating talent and labor strategies and solutions that exceed their needs and expectations. With more than 20 years of experience in the staffing industry, Deb oversees the comprehensive sales and marketing function for Cross Country, spurring revenue growth through promoting a strong collaboration on sales pursuits by utilizing our resources. Deb has a strong track record for growth strategies, having successfully done so with a variety a senior executive positions. Prior to joining Cross Country, Deb served as Senior Vice President of Talent Solutions for VisionIT and before that as Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts for SFN Group. Deb has a Bachelor of Arts in Business and English from Alma College.
Effective April 11, 2016, Timothy Fischer, 49, was appointed to the position of President of MDA Holdings, Inc. (“MDA”). Prior to joining MDA, from 2014 through January 2016, Mr. Fischer served as Chief Operating Officer at Mitchell Martin, Inc., a talent acquisition solutions firm. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Fischer served as Senior Vice President and led the integration of his prior employer, RCG Global Services, into Stefanini. Mr. Fischer was President of RCG Staffing from 2009 to 2013. Mr. Fischer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Culver-Stockton College.
Paul is a key contributor in formulating strategic goals for our organization. Having 24 years of experience in information systems with a depth in business intelligence, market awareness and staffing industry knowledge, Paul is responsible for all IT functions at Cross Country. Paul is a master team builder and problem solver. He is recognized for his leadership in project planning, budgeting, scheduling, prioritization, contingency and risk planning, work assignments, and definition of scope for enterprise information systems projects. Paul spent several years as VP of Information Technology for SFN Group, and, most recently, served as Chief Information Officer for Randstad Professionals. He graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Mathematics.
VICKIE ANENBERG is the President of Cross Country Staffing. Previously she served as Executive Vice President of Cross Country Staffing from January 2006 to May 2012. Ms. Anenberg served as President of Cross Country Staffing from August 2002 to December 2005. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of the Nursing Division since 1995. Prior to joining Cross Country Staffing in 1990, she worked at Proctor & Gamble since 1986.
As the President of Cejka Search, Mr. Gramer brings more than 30 years in executive management experience, having held esteemed positions of Vice President and Managing Director at Randstad USA and A-L Associates. He possesses a distinct understanding of recruitment, brand development and building a sales team to identify new client opportunities. Mr. Gramer has an extensive background in accounting and finance, having originally started his career as an Internal Audit Manager and Senior Audit Manager for such firms as Revlon, Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers respectively. Mr. Gramer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting & Finance from Monmouth University. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Rider University where he taught accounting.
Christopher R. Pizzi, CPA joined Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller in December 2014 and assumed the role of Treasurer in February 2016. Mr. Pizzi has held several senior-level accounting and finance positions in the financial services, technology and healthcare industries over his more than 20 year career. Prior to joining Cross Country, Mr. Pizzi served as Assistant Vice President, Corporate Finance and Accounting for Health Management Associates, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pizzi held positions with Pitney Bowes and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Pizzi earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University and he holds his CPA certificate from the State of Connecticut.
Dennis Ducham is the President of Mediscan Staffing Services, which was acquired by Cross Country Healthcare in October of 2015. Mr. Ducham joined Mediscan in January 2012 as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he has held a number of executive positions in the staffing industry with companies such as GRN of Pleasanton, AMR/ProNurse, CCP Global, and Olsten Staffing. Before joining the staffing industry in 1991, Mr. Ducham held senior management roles with Pepsi and American Hospital Supply. Dennis has a BS in Economics from Michigan State University.
Patrick Ahern has served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources since July 1, 2014. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Ahern served as a consultant for Medical Staffing Network Healthcare, LLC for two months. He previously served as Vice President, Human Resources for Kaplan Inc., a global education company from August 2010 to May 2014. From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Ahern served in various capacities at Aramark where his last role was Vice President, Human Resources for Aramark’s Healthcare division. Mr. Ahern holds a B. S. degree in Management from Florida State University.
Buffy Stultz White, has served as Senior Vice President, Recruiting Strategy and Operations of Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. since September 2016. Before joining Cross Country Healthcare, Inc., Ms. White served as Executive Vice President, Global Services and Solutions Consulting, of Pontoon (a division of Adecco) from June 2015 to November 2015. Ms. White served in various capacities at Pontoon and Adecco since 2006. Prior to that, Ms. White served in various roles at Spherion from August 2001 to July 2006. Ms. White earned an International Business degree from Millsaps College in 1993.