White River Health System
Shawna Ives serves as the executive vice president and chief financial officer at White River Health System (WRHS), a position she assumed at the age of 34. Ives found her passion for business during college, switching her career path from pharmacy to accounting. She has 14 years of experience in financing. After earning her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Central Arkansas, she began her career as a nonprofit auditor for BKD LLP, and Welch, Couch and Co. In 2010, she was introduced to WRHS, sparking her interest in health care. In 2016, Ives was hired at WRHS as the budget manager. She was then promoted to controller in 2018, and a year later, to CFO.
The C-Suite: That place where most of us strive to be when we launch a career. Referring to the cluster of top-level executive positions within most companies — chief executive officer (CEO), chief operating officer (COO), chief financial officer (CFO) and chief information officer (CIO) — the C-Suite entails hard work, high stress and long hours. But the rewards can be substantial.
AMP asked readers to tell us who their favorite C-Suite executives were. Their titles may not precisely reflect “CEO” or any of the others, but their roles do. This isn’t a “best of” or a “top executives” list; but it’s a way to recognize many of those business executives in Arkansas whose hard work makes The Natural State a great place to live and work.
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