Deana Kraft

Director of Growth Strategies

Deana Kraft is a Principal and the Director of Growth Strategies at SullivanCotter. With 20 years of business and consulting expertise, Deana offers a unique perspective on integrating people, information and technology in ways that best anticipate and navigate change. Having worked for and with some of the nation’s top hospitals and health systems, Deana has direct insight into the complex challenges our clients are facing. She specializes in leading teams, functions and organizations through transformation in both the health care and for-profit sectors.

Deana’s diverse background helps SullivanCotter advance our services to meet the evolving needs of our clients and partners. She collaborates with colleagues, clients and industry leaders to uncover emerging trends, expand the firm’s research, and improve the development of data-driven tools, resources and strategies to advance insight into what drives client performance.

Deana’s experience includes:

  • Creating current and long-term plans to align people, technology and financial resources with an organization’s mission, values and strategic objectives.
  • Developing effective and sustainable talent and reward strategies.
  • Understanding the data and technology capabilities required to accelerate talent and reward performance.
  • Leading strategy development and implementation of large-scale transformation efforts.
  • Cultivating relationships that support innovation, enhance services, and delight clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Deana was the Vice President, Human Resources, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She also served as the Vice President, Total Rewards and HR Technology, for OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, Deana was previously a Partner with a global human resources consulting firm and led its North America compensation data and technology business.

Deana received a Bachelor of Science in marketing and decision sciences from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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