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Deb Sheehan, ACHE, LEED AP, EDAC

Executive Director, Firmwide Strategies



Honing a background of business management, engineering, architecture and construction, strengthened by decades of firsthand design experience, Deb champions and executes short- and long-term strategies to continually elevate CannonDesign within our industries. Her inclusive approach partners with firmwide market, service line and practice group leaders to identify new service offerings, investigate potential markets, form strategic partnerships in alternative deliveries and expand in geographic growth. Deb’s tactical thinking includes a cross-market analysis as factors that shape industry trends and respond to client needs – embracing research and customized intelligence to advance the firm’s strategic framework.

With a background rooted in healthcare, Deb has overseen more than $4 billion in design solutions for healthcare systems across the globe. From educating global health providers, repositioning service lines for academic medical centers to introducing care innovations at community hospitals, she helps organizations ensure capital investments are aligned with an optimized business model. Her success partnering with clients around the world makes her a sought-after industry expert, frequently contributing to outlets such as Modern Healthcare, American Business Journals and Becker’s Hospital Review, as well as forums hosted by the National Building Sciences Institute, ASHE and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

My approach is simple: stay curious, keep your eye on the horizon, be generous with your talents and challenge the ’givens.’ I encourage teams to look beyond ‘what needs fixing,’ instead focusing on ‘what is possible.’ Stimulate the imagination….asking ‘why?’ and ‘why not?’ Unleash the creative thinking desperately needed to solve some of the greatest challenges our society faces today.

Deb Sheehan, ACHE, LEED AP, EDAC