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Children’s Minnesota announces New VP Of Human Resources And VP of Strategy, Business Development And Innovation

Children’s Minnesota announced two new appointments to its executive leadership team. Effective Sept.Laurin Cathey assumes the role of vice president of human resources (HR) and Serge-Alain Wandji joins as the vice president of strategy, business development and innovation.

“We look forward to Serge and Laurin’s insights and strategic leadership that will help Children’s forge an innovative path forward,” said Jennifer Olson, senior vice president of system operations and chief strategy officer, Children’s Minnesota. “As health care and the demographics of our state change, we need to continue evolving to meet the shifting demands of the labor market and our patient families. Serge and Laurin will be instrumental in helping us to achieve this goal.”

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Cathey will oversee all HR functions at Children’s, including HR business partners/consultants, labor relations, organizational development and learning, talent acquisition, benefits and compensation, HR information systems, and the Employee Service Center and payroll. Cathey brings more than 20 years of experience in the field, most recently serving as executive director of human resources at St. Paul Public Schools. In addition to a breadth of knowledge in the field of HR, Cathey has considerable experience in diversity and inclusion and building culture and employee engagement.

“I am excited to join Children’s Minnesota and to be able to support our employees as they provide amazing care for children and families,” Cathey said. “By working across the organization and engaging with employees and the community, I hope to further strengthen Children’s reputation as a great place to work.”

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Wandji will be accountable for strategy and business development, project management, business analytics, partner integration, business advisory/improvement services planning, and operational prioritization/governance functions. In addition, Wandji will be responsible for reviewing and establishing the future functions of innovation and digital health for the organization. He is joining Children’s from Cargill, where he has spent 13 years in intellectual asset management.

“I’m thrilled at this opportunity to be a part of Children’s mission and to improve the health of all kids,” Wandji said. “I look forward to contributing to Children’s strategic plan, ensuring that Children’s continues to utilize digital technology and innovative approaches to meet the evolving needs of our patients and families.”

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