New Chief Technology Officer Arrives

Eric Christian, vice president and chief technology officer, joined Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) March 18.

In this newly-created role, Eric will be working with IS leaders, business leaders and other team members to align our technology strategy with the overall mission and business strategy of CHS. By understanding the organization’s business strategies and priorities, Eric and his team will work to ensure the infrastructure and technology framework of practices and policies are in place to support the goals.

Eric also will be working to ensure all the appropriate policies and structure for managing underlying IT infrastructure, which comprises all CHS compute, network, telephony, data center, Internet and technology capabilities are in place and optimized for maximum business benefit to the system. In addition, he brokers and manages key relationships with strategic IT vendors and suppliers, data center partners, and outsource firms to procure and manage IT assets and ensure the efficient running of the IT infrastructure.

Eric’s previous job was at Cummins as Executive Director, Technology & Innovation and served as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Before joining Cummins organization in March 2010, Eric spent more than 30 years in technology and brings extensive automotive, banking and financial services, transportation, lodging & technology industry experience from his roles with Bank of America, IBM, Marriott International, General Motors & GMAC Financial Services.

Eric earned his BS in Technology & Management from University of Maryland and an Executive MBA in Strategic Management & Marketing from Michigan State University in Michigan. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

Eric lives in Marvin, North Carolina with his wife, Pamela, & daughter (Micah) and also has three elder children that are pursuing meaningful careers in other industries. He enjoys golfing and is a motorcycle enthusiast.