RALEIGH, N.C. – Roger Davenport, a former executive with Eastman Kodak, is the new executive vice president and general manager for Misys Healthcare Systems.

Misys Healthcare is a division of U.K.-based Misys and is based in north Raleigh.

Davenport, who is known as Vern, replaces Tom Skelton, the former chief executive officer of the healthcare group, who resigned as part of a management shakeup last month. His appointment is effective immediately.

Davenport will direct all of the healthcare group’s operations. The title was changed to executive vice president and general manager from CEO.

“I’ve spent my entire career in healthcare IT and I am excited by the opportunities Misys Healthcare has to build on its tremendous strengths and deliver value to customers,” Davenport said in a statement. “My focus will be on offering a compelling proposition for customers and improving our execution and performance so that Misys Healthcare takes real leadership in this important market.”

At Kodak, Davenport served as chief operating officer of its healthcare information solutions group. He also had served earlier in his career as general manager of the North American region for Kodak’s global health group. He joined Kodak in 2003.

Before joining Kodak, Davenport worked at Siemens Medical Solutions and Shared Medical Systems, which Siemens acquired in 1999. Davenport also worked at IBM for 11 years.

“Vern brings extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and expertise in building and transforming businesses to his new role as leader of our Healthcare business,” said Mike Lawrie, chief executive of Misys plc, in London. “His experience and leadership skills are important to us as we drive improved performance and increase the value we deliver for our customers in this important and rapidly growing market.”

Misys healthcare Systems provides a variety of software and services for physicians and caregivers with an emphasis on Web-based offerings.