Zenith American Solutions, Inc., a leader in third-party administration services for Taft-Hartley trust funds, is pleased to announce that Patrick Horne has joined Zenith's executive leadership team as chief information officer.
Horne has been an IT professional for over 32 years, managing IT operations for publicly-traded and privately-held companies. He has assisted dozens of companies with designing and executing their IT operational improvement plans, cloud migrations, infrastructure refreshes, regulatory compliance, business automation, and information security programs.
For the past 14 years, Horne has worked in various healthcare industries including senior living, locum tenens emergency medicine physicians, primary care physicians, medical and paramedical examination services, and national pharmacy and PBM services. Prior to joining Zenith, Horne served as CIO at Southeast Medical Group based in Alpharetta, Ga.
As CIO, Horne will lead the company's technology team as it supports ongoing technology upgrade and cybersecurity compliance initiatives.
Horne said, "I am honored to assume the role of chief information officer at such a reputable company. Zenith's longstanding history and widespread respect throughout the Taft-Hartley community make this appointment a source of immense pride for me. I look forward to working with – and serving – the Zenith executive leadership team, our dedicated and talented staff members, and the unions, funds, and members that depend on us to deliver world-class TPA services."
President and Chief Executive Officer Kim Fiori said, "Pat brings an abundance of IT expertise to Zenith that seamlessly aligns with our ongoing commitment to cybersecurity and state-of-the-art technology solutions. I am thrilled to welcome him to the leadership team."
A key initiative and differentiator in the market that will continue under Horne's leadership is the company's investment in annual System and Organization Controls (SOC) audits, which assess internal controls. The company has set the bar high, undergoing both a SOC1 and SOC2 audit annually under SSAE 18, Reporting on an Examination of Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities' Internal Control Over Financial Reporting (AICPA, Attestation Standards, AT-C sec. 320), and the AICPA guide, Service Organizations Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities' Internal Control over Financial Reporting. The company's SOC2 Type 2 assessment is performed against the AICPA's Trust Services Criteria for Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality, and Privacy.
The SOC2, Type 2 audit is a comprehensive evaluation of security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy controls. This certification signifies dedication to safeguarding data, ensuring the utmost security and confidentiality.
Zenith's ongoing achievements have been centered around client satisfaction and the effectiveness of controls. Its annual investment to both audits is a testament to its commitment to excellence. Throughout the annual audit period, the team works collaboratively to ensure every aspect of the process is executed seamlessly. The success of these audits is not possible without the contributions of every team member. Zenith is grateful for their commitment to maintaining and improving its controls.