Epocrates, Inc. has announced the appointment of Andrew Hurd as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. He will also serve on the company’s board of directors.
“Andy stood out as a natural leader with a proven track record and the expertise to generate growth and foster innovation. He has the distinct experience mix we were seeking and an appreciation of the complex healthcare industry,” said Patrick Jones, chairman of the Epocrates board of directors. “As a seasoned executive, we are confident he will continue to drive this dynamic company to the next level.”
Hurd brings more than 20 years of healthcare IT experience and leadership to Epocrates, including product and market innovation as well as strategic partnerships. He joins Epocrates from Carefx, acquired by Harris Corporation in 2011, where he served as chairman and CEO for more than six years. During his tenure, Carefx demonstrated strong growth in revenue, income and shareholder value. Previously, Hurd held senior management positions at WebMD Corp, CenterBeam, Inc. and QuadraMed Corporation. He also currently serves on the board of directors for ABILITY Network Inc.
“Epocrates is an incredibly powerful and established brand among healthcare professionals. It is an essential and trusted part of physicians’ daily practice and an ally in providing quality patient care,” said Hurd. “The company is positioned to play a significant role in the high-growth mobile healthcare ecosystem, and I’m excited to lead this company in its next chapter of growth and innovation.”
Peter Brandt will be stepping down as interim president and CEO effective March 27, 2012. He will take on the newly appointed role of vice chairman of the board of directors. As vice chairman, Brandt will work closely with Hurd to provide strategic counsel and ensure a smooth transition.