AMN Healthcare CEO Susan Salka leaves

  • Push-out Score determined
  • After almost 18 years in the position
  • Accolades, praise and thanks for Salka
  • Search for a successor
  • Salka said 124 words

(exechange) — Dallas, Texas, March 10, 2022 — Susan Salka, chief executive of AMN Healthcare, leaves. As announced by AMN Healthcare Services Inc. in a news release and in a regulatory filing published on Thursday, March 10, 2022, Susan R. Salka leaves her post as chief executive officer at the provider of healthcare workforce solutions and staffing services to healthcare facilities, after almost 18 years in the role, effective by the end of the year upon the naming of her successor.

It is the end of an era.

AMN Healthcare will undertake a search for a successor.

Long goodbye

It is a long goodbye. The announcement of Susan Salka’s move comes up to 10 months prior to her planned departure from the post of CEO.

In general, a top executive who announces the departure particularly early may be considered a lame duck.

Lengthy lead times give boards extra time to find replacements, and they also create uncertainty. Would-be successors may jockey for attention and workers may wonder who is actually in charge.

Generally speaking, lame-duck leaders can take a forceful role in selecting a successor and are not expected to launch major shifts.

“To pursue my personal passions”

AMN Healthcare did not give an explicit reason for Susan Salka’s departure from the CEO post. Salka said: “During my 32 years with the Company, I have had the privilege to collaborate with incredible people to strengthen America’s health care system. The opportunities to build this amazing organization into the leader we are today have certainly been invigorating and rewarding. Now, I am excited to take that same energy and time to pursue my personal passions.”

Precise information regarding Susan Salka’s future plans was not immediately available.


AMN Healthcare said: “Susan Salka, its President and Chief Executive Officer, intends to retire by the end of the year upon the naming of her successor.”

AMN Healthcare further said: “On March 7, 2022, after a successful 32-year career with AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (the “Company”), including 17 years as Chief Executive Officer, Susan R. Salka notified the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) of her intention to retire by the end of the year ending December 31, 2022. Ms. Salka intends to continue to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board until the Company appoints her successor.”

Share price increase since March 2017

The announcement follows an increase in AMN Healthcare Services Inc.’s share price of 145% since March 2017.

In the position of CEO since 2005

Susan Salka became CEO of the Company in 2005.

Susan Salka is the Chief Executive Officer of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., (AMN).

Before becoming CEO, Salka served in several other executive positions at AMN, including CFO, COO, and SVP of Business Development.

Salka currently serves on the board of directors of McKesson, including as chair of its Finance Committee and a member of its Audit Committee.

She also serves on the board of visitors of the Columbia University School of Nursing.

Salka also serves on the editorial advisory board of Directors & Boards magazine, a quarterly journal dedicated to the topics of leadership and corporate governance and is a member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council.

She has previously served on other public company boards, including Beckman Coulter and Playtex Products.

A member of Women Business Leaders and Women Corporate Directors Foundation, Salka is an active proponent of promoting women in leadership.

In 2021 she was awarded the prestigious global Visionary Award by the Women Corporate Directors for her strategy and diversity impact in the boardroom.

She has prioritized gender equality since joining AMN, and in 2021 the company achieved top ranking in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index.

Salka also joined more than 500 CEOs in pledging her commitment to diversity and inclusion within the workplace through the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion project.

As an alumna of Chadron State University, Salka has been honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

She was also awarded the Monty Award for accomplished alumni by San Diego State University, where she received her master’s degree in finance.

In 2016, Salka was honored by San Diego State University with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the college of business administration.

Push-out Score determined

The Push-out Score™ determined by exechange gauges the pressure surrounding Susan Salka’s move on a scale of 0 to 10.

exechange reached out to AMN Healthcare and offered the company the opportunity to comment on the score.

Read the full story in the exechange report 11.2022 ($).