R. Erick Hawkins is the senior vice president of strategic management. In this role, Erick leads the organizations’ strategic planning, business development, and innovation efforts. Erick previously served as chief financial officer and vice president of heart and vascular services for University of North Carolina REX Healthcare in Raleigh. In that position, he was the executive responsible for the organization’s strategic innovations, which included the development of REX Health Ventures, a corporate venture capital fund.

Other leadership positions have included president of the board of directors for Hospice of Wake County, member of the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Ball, and member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Triangle Light the Night Walk’s Executive Leadership Council.

Erick earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.