Who we are
At Furst Group, we are in our fourth decade of providing talent and leadership solutions to the healthcare and insurance industries. We invite you to learn more about our respected team.
Chief Executive Officer
Bob Clarke has been a trusted adviser to healthcare CEOs and boards for 30 years. His acumen in executive search and integrated talent management is valued by hospital systems, managed care organizations, medical groups, indemnity companies, end-of-life care providers, healthcare associations, and other medical delivery systems across the United States.
His work includes consulting with boards of directors of healthcare organizations to manage C-suite transitions, developing succession plans, assessing leadership teams, and implementing leadership development programs. He has been responsible for building high-performance, high-growth teams at numerous companies.
Healthcare is at a crossroads, and Bob’s work with payers, providers, and post-acute companies is coming together as the industry looks for a new paradigm. It is at this intersection that he focuses his attention.
In 1984, Bob joined a regional executive search firm (The Furst Group), where he developed a national division focused on healthcare executive recruitment. Through the creation of Management Partners, Inc. (MPI), he led the acquisition in 1991 of this specialized practice, now known simply as Furst Group, and the creation of NuBrick Partners, a team focused on the long-term development of teams and executive leadership.
Bob serves on the Equity of Care Committee for the Institute for Diversity, part of the American Hospital Association (AHA). He also is a member of the Global Partners in Care Advisory Council (formerly known as the Foundation for Hospices in Sub Saharan Africa or FHSSA) which, in partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), works to improve care at the end of life throughout the United States and worldwide where the need is great and the resources are few. Bob also recently served on the board of the National Hospice Foundation of the NHPCO.
He has written for Modern Healthcare and the AHA’s Trustee magazine and has led workshops on issues regarding effective leadership design, team selection and development, and managed care and provider relationships. He has authored studies on executive leadership issues for a variety of healthcare fields and regularly serves as an expert resource for healthcare publications.
Bob is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center, Visiting Nurses Association, and the American Red Cross, Rock River Chapter. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration.