Kathy D. English joined Vocera in February 2016 as the Vice President of Marketing with more than 25 years of leadership experience in healthcare, industry/solution marketing and marketing communications. Kathy started her career as a critical care nurse before turning to technology marketing. After seeing how breakdowns in communication put her patients, fellow clinicians and hospital at risk, she designed her career to deliver positive impact on care team communication and workflow. In her executive role at Vocera, Kathy is combining her clinical workflow knowledge with her passion to improve healthcare communication to tell the world about the value realized with Vocera solutions through the voice of our customers and patients. Kathy’s passion for creativity stems from her love of music and engaging with people.
Prior to joining Vocera, Kathy worked at Cisco Systems, where she served as the Global Senior Director of Industries and Services Marketing Communications. In this role, she was responsible for monitoring and managing industry trends, amplifying solution value, leading content strategies, and aligning marketing programs to meet customers’ needs in innovative ways. Before her tenure with Cisco, Kathy was the Vice President of Product Management at Medsphere, where she established the product management team, the open roadmap, interoperability plan, and an agile development approach for one of few open source offerings for Electronic Health Records. Prior to Medsphere, Kathy was SVP of Product Management and Marketing at Picis, a venture backed clinical information solution company acquired by OptumInsight. During her ten years with Picis, she spearheaded global product direction and was responsible for detailing the integration plan for two software acquisitions as well as driving the package to partners such as GE Healthcare and Siemens (EU). Prior to Picis, she was the product manager of clinical systems at Compucare (now QuadraMed). Earlier in her career, Kathy held sales and marketing positions at a Fortune 500 healthcare company known as Support Systems International (now HillRom), a division of Hillenbrand Industries.
In addition to a proven track record in global solution marketing and communications, English has more than seven years of experience in direct patient care and nursing management in critical care, surgery and oncology, earning a nursing degree from George Mason University. Kathy’s bedside care delivery occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s and Kathy has remained engaged with the nursing community through on site visits, observation and validation as part of the requirements gathering for nursing workflow automation solutions. Kathy is a member of CARING, an active blogger and subscribes to a number of nursing list serves.