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Gov. Roy Cooper and Top Executives Headline 2017 NC CEO Forum

NC CEO Forum Hosts Governor Of North Carolina and Top Senior Executives as Keynote Speakers

Raleigh, NC, January 19, 2017 --( The 2017 NC CEO Forum is pleased to announce the participation of Gov. Roy Cooper and GSK President Jack Bailey as this year’s featured event keynote speakers. This executive education forum will focus exclusively on the science and business of healthcare and will feature Tom Pike, former vice chairman and president, Research & Development Solutions at QuintilesIMS, as emcee.

This year’s forum theme focuses on Innovation and Leadership in Healthcare and will gather over 400 senior executives in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, IT and business to discuss how innovation in technology, scientific discovery, data management and drug development are impacting the world of healthcare. The event will include panel discussions, presentations and conversations around research, policy, as well as the economics of healthcare and its effect on the business of medicine in North Carolina.

Key presentations and lectures about healthcare and its effects on leadership and business will be delivered by title keynote speakers including First Citizens Bancshares Inc. Chairman and CEO Frank Holding Jr., Fidelity Health Group President Joe Laurin, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina President and CEO Brad Wilson, and Cynthia Verst, president, Clinical Operations, QuintilesIMS.

Along with the featured keynote speakers and title keynote speakers, the 2017 NC CEO Forum will host nine nationally recognized senior executives and four experts from Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Medical Center. Presenters will share their experience, vision, and lessons learned from leading their respective organizations through significant change over the past 10 years.

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“The 2017 NC CEO Forum features dynamic industry leaders who initiate change and innovation around North Carolina’s healthcare industry both regionally and abroad,” said Brian Kinahan, co-founder of the NC CEO Forum. “As North Carolina continues to become one of the nation’s fastest-growing healthcare regions, it’s important to review the impact of technology, data management and drug development as it pertains to the business of healthcare across the state.”

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About The NC CEO Forum:
The NC CEO Forum, founded by Rick Deckelbaum and Brian Kinahan, is an exclusive gathering of executives and management teams who want to gain a competitive edge in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Since 2009, the Forum has welcomed business, government and nonprofit leaders committed to helping North Carolina grow jobs and build a commanding presence on the national and international scene. The event has featured notable speakers such as retired U.S. Army four-star general and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell; Arianna Huffington, chair, president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group; Gen. Keith B. Alexander, CEO of IronNet Cybersecurity, the retired commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the retired director of the National Security Agency and Central Security Service; famed CEO Jack Welch; acclaimed business author Jim Collins; Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the iconic founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream; and Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO of Forbes and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, among others. In addition to improving the state’s business climate, the Forum donates net proceeds from the event each year to a chosen nonprofit partner. For more information on the NC CEO Forum, visit
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