FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 26, 2017; Andover, MA, – After 28 years with Yankee Alliance, including nine as its President and CEO, Jim Oliver has informed the Board of Yankee Alliance his intention to retire as of March 2, 2018. The board unanimously voted Chief Operating Officer, Cathy Spinney to become the organization’s next President and CEO.

Since 1991, Cathy has worked side-by-side with Jim, and has played an integral role in the growth of the organization. They share a common member focused vision that will ensure continuity in service and leadership during this transition.

Cathy’s leadership will ensure that Yankee Alliance remains a member-centric organization, and will continue to create high-level strategies that will allow the organization to maximize member savings, growth, retention and profitability well into the future.

Jim has been with Yankee Alliance since 1989, serving in various capacities.  Since becoming President and CEO in 2008, three additional Limited Liability Companies have been formed to meet the needs of the membership, and Yankee Alliance’s membership has grown from 1,200 to more than 14,800 members in the non-acute space nationwide.  Jim will be inducted into the Bellwether Leagues “Supply Chain Hall of Fame” in October 2017.

The entire Board congratulates Cathy and looks forward to working with her in this new capacity. They also thank Jim for all that he has done for the organization during his years of dedicated service and leadership. Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southcoast Health System, Keith Hovan, said, “We wish him all the best during what we hope will be an enjoyable and relaxing retirement.”

About Yankee Alliance

Yankee Alliance is a member-driven healthcare group purchasing organization founded in 1984 on a belief in collaboration, that working together can achieve more than working alone. Our mission is twofold: to work with members to reduce supply and operating expenses through aggregation of data, purchasing, ideas and knowledge and to excel in strategic innovations that continually assist members in reducing their cost while recognizing their individual needs. Today, Yankee Alliance remains true to the foundational belief in collaboration and has grown to over 14,800 members in all classes of trades across all 50 states. For more information visit For more information please contact; Amy Campbell, Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations, Yankee Alliance, (978) 470-2000 or at