Global Patient Safety Officer
(Det Norske Veritas)
Karen H. Timmons serves as Global Patient Safety Officer for Det Norske Veritas, a global provider of services for managing risk. Formerly, she was President and CEO of Joint Commission International, and also served as a senior advisor to Boston Consulting Group.
Timmons currently serves on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Global Health Advisory Council and also serves on Planetree’s Board of Directors. She is a past board member and treasurer for the International Society of Quality Assurance (ISQua). She is also past chair of ISQua's Agenda for Leadership in Programs for Healthcare Accreditation (ALPHA) Council . Timmons has served as chair of the World Health Organization's HIV Quality of Care Working Group on HIV-AIDS and was appointed to serve on the Scientific Council of ANAES, the French National Agency for Accreditation and Evaluation in Health.. Timmons is a former member of the National Advisory Board for the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, and she served on the Parents' Board of Directors for DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Timmons earned a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Master of Arts degree from Fairfield University. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut.