A Message from Selwyn Vickers: Kathryn Martin and Kerry Bessey

A Message from Selwyn Vickers: Kathryn Martin and Kerry Bessey


From Selwyn M. Vickers, President and CEO 

A Message to All Employees 

February 9, 2023 

Dear Colleagues, 

I am writing to announce the retirement of two key institutional leaders — Kathryn Martin and Kerry Bessey. The last day for both will be March 31, 2023. 

Kathryn Martin, who has served as MSK’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2015, has made the decision to retire after 23½ years of service to MSK and over 40 in the industry. She joined MSK in 1999 as SVP and Hospital Administrator, directing the operations, business affairs and service functions of the Hospital. She also oversaw Strategy, Supply Chain Management, Food and Nutrition and the Volunteer Service. Upon becoming COO, Kathryn also assumed responsibility for Digital Informatics and Technology Solutions, Enterprise Risk Management, Facilities Management and Real Estate Development, Human Resources, Legal, Research Technology Management, and Strategic Partnerships. Among her numerous accomplishments, perhaps the most lasting are the many people she has helped develop across the enterprise, including clinicians, administrators, and front-line staff. As part of the upcoming organizational restructuring, her duties will be assigned to the interim Hospital President and other executive leaders. To ensure a smooth transition, Kathryn will serve as special advisor to my office in the coming months. 

Kerry joined MSK as SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) in 2012. She is credited with building a best-in-class talent strategy that extends across the entire employee lifecycle. It is designed to attract top talent, foster growth, diversify the workforce, create a differentiated inclusive experience, and ensure competitive compensation. Tomya Watt, Vice President, Talent Acquisition & Mobility and Chief Diversity Officer, will serve as interim CHRO until a search for Kerry’s replacement is completed. She will be reporting directly to me. 

I thank Kathryn and Kerry for their many contributions to MSK. They have been important advisors and trusted colleagues. Please join me in wishing them all the best in their retirements. 

Selwyn M. Vickers, MD
President and CEO