DUARTE, Calif., February 23, 2012 — City of Hope has named William “Marty” Sargeant as chief operating officer, Paul Conocenti as chief information officer and Mary Koppel as senior vice president of external relations and strategic communications. All three began their terms at City of Hope in late 2011.
“Marty, Paul and Mary have an amazing track record in their respective areas of expertise at academic medical centers,” said Michael A. Friedman, M.D., president and chief executive officer. “Their combined experience, talents and insights will be vital as we plan and work toward City of Hope’s strategic goals for the upcoming centennial and beyond.”
Before City of Hope, Sargeant served as chief operating officer at Cleveland Clinic Florida, where he developed outreach and growth strategies for local, regional and international markets and oversaw the opening of two community-based ambulatory practices. Sargeant has held several positions at Cleveland Clinic Florida and Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, including administrator in the office of the chief of staff for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and chief administrative officer of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.
Sargeant began his professional career as an F-15 combat fighter pilot and served as an instructor pilot in the United States Air Force. He was awarded two Air Force Commendation Medals. He earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics and modern languages from the Virginia Military Institute and his M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.
Conocenti joins City of Hope from New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center, where he served as senior vice president, vice dean and chief information officer. In this role, he provided management oversight of information technology products and services across NYU Langone Medical Center's clinical, research, education, and corporate missions and functions. Prior to NYU Langone, Conocenti was vice president and chief information architect at Mount Sinai NYU Health System.
Conocenti earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and business and his M.B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.
Prior to City of Hope, Koppel was at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she worked for 11 years as director of communications for the medical school and assistant vice president for public affairs for the Academic Health Center. She also served as director of communications and physician communications for Allina Health System in Minneapolis. Koppel began her professional career as a news producer for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.
She has received numerous Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Advancement awards and has won two regional Emmy awards as a news producer from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She has also served on the board of directors of the Minneapolis Jewish Day School and served as an interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. She received her master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., and her bachelor’s degree in politics from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.