Valify Solutions Group, a purchased services group purchasing organization (GPO) and an affiliated company of HCA Healthcare, announced that Les Popiolek has been appointed CEO of Valify and Valify Solutions Group, according to a press release.
Popiolek will replace Chris Heckler who announced his decision to pursue new opportunities after seven years leading the technology and analytics platform, and the GPO.
“Les is ideally suited to continue the ongoing success of Valify and Valify Solutions Group due to his deep understanding of the needs of providers and technology subscribers and his extensive experience in purchased services spend management,” said Shelly Workman, senior vice president of supply chain operations for HCA Healthcare. “Les’ experience includes leadership roles in data, analytics, procurement and sourcing. He is a strong leader whose vision and guidance will exponentially contribute to the continued successful trajectory of Valify and Valify Solutions Group.”
Prior to serving as Valify’s chief operating officer, Popiolek held prominent roles in healthcare purchasing for over 25 years. He was part of the conceptualization and start-up of Texas-based Broadlane GPO and the launch of BroadLink, one of the industry's early B2B e-commerce exchanges. As chief technology officer of Broadlane, Popiolek created and led a centralized, outsourced national procurement center. Following the acquisition of Broadlane in 2010 by MedAssets, Popiolek led the integration of GPO portfolios totaling $35 billion in annual customer spend.
“I am honored to assume this position and excited to lead Valify and Valify Solutions Group,” said Popiolek. “I look forward to upholding the Valify legacy of unprecedented opportunities for identifying savings in purchased services and building on that momentum through Valify Solutions Group by delivering new ways to capture deeper savings and expanding spend management best practices.”