Ramsay Australia CEO to stand down

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Ramsay Health Care’s head of Australian operations Danny Sims will step down from his position as CEO from 1 October 2020 and make the transition to retirement next year.

In the interim, Mr Sims will resume his previous role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) to assist his replacement Carmel Monaghan – currently Ramsay’s Group Chief of Staff.

When a new COO is appointed, he will move to Ramsay’s Global Head Office, working on global projects until his retirement in July 2021.

The global group’s Managing Director and CEO, Craig McNally, said Mr Sims’ achievements during his 17 years with the organisation were “numerous and significant”.

He joined in 1993, spending five years with an affiliate company in the United States known as Ramsay Health Care Inc, serving as its Group Financial Controller and acting Chief Financial Officer.

“Two years after leaving Ramsay Health Care Inc, Danny set his sights on working for our company in Australia,” Mr McNally said.

“In 2003, a position became available in Head Office Finance and Danny joined our company as Group Financial Controller-Operations. 

“After three years, Danny moved into operational management as the NSW State Operations Manager and in July 2008, Danny was appointed as the COO of Ramsay’s Australian and Asian operations. 

“The milestone achievement in Danny’s Ramsay career occurred in January 2015, when Danny was appointed as the CEO of Ramsay Health Care Australia.”

Mr Sims also served as chair of the Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation, a position he will resign from soon.

“During his tenure, Danny has demonstrated strong decision-making skills, dedication and relationship-building with other Ramsay leaders, staff and doctors,” Mr McNally said.

“This has been particularly evident during the pandemic, where Danny’s focus has been on ensuring our teams remained steadfast in protecting the safety and wellbeing of our patients, employees and doctors across Australia during these challenging and unprecedented circumstances.”

Mr Sims has served on the board of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) for 13 years. He has been APHA President for the past four years, but will preside over his last Board meeting at the end of September. 

“Throughout his time as an industry leader, Danny has fought hard for legislative and policy changes to ensure the long-term future sustainability of the private hospital industry,” Mr McNally said.

APHA CEO Michael Roff echoed Mr McNally’s sentiments about Mr Sims’ contribution to the industry.

“During his time on the board, and specifically during his tenure as president, Danny has been a great source of industry knowledge and expertise. He has made himself available to meet with parliamentarians, various stakeholders and corporate partners to improve APHA’s relationships and build better outcomes for the private hospital sector.

“Danny should be immensely proud of his career, both here and in the United States, and we wish him all the very best in his transition to retirement,” Mr Roff said.

Ms Monaghan has been at Ramsay since 1998, with roles across the company in Australia and overseas.

“Having worked with our founder Paul Ramsay for many years, she has a strong belief in our organisational culture of ‘people caring for people’,” Mr McNally said. 

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