Tenet continues leadership shakeup by appointing 2 new board directors

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare announced May 29 the company appointed two new independent directors to its board.

Tenet appointed the two board directors — Lloyd J. Austin III and Meghan M. FitzGerald, DrPH — as part of a plan the company announced last August to "refresh" its board.  

"We have been steadfast in our commitment to accelerate change across the company," said Ron Rittenmeyer, executive chairman and CEO of Tenet. "This applies to all facets of operations and all levels of leadership — including adding five new directors to our board in the last seven months."

Here are six things to know about the new directors:

1. Mr. Austin is a retired four-star general who served 41 years in the U.S. Army.

2. From March 2013 through March 2016, Mr. Austin was commander of the U.S. Central Command, responsible for military strategy and joint operations throughout the Central Region, which includes Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and 12 other countries.

3. "As a retired four-star general whose career spans more than four decades in the U.S. Army, Lloyd has demonstrated a powerful commitment to service and leadership with integrity," said Bob Kerrey, lead director of Tenet's board.

4. Dr. FitzGerald is a managing partner at L1 Health, a New York City-based investment fund specializing in healthcare. She is also an assistant professor of health policy at Columbia University in New York City.

5. From May 2015 to October 2016, Dr. FitzGerald served as executive vice president of strategy and policy at Cardinal Health, a healthcare services and product company. She previously served as president of Cardinal's specialty solutions division.

6. "Meg has an impressive background that combines experience across different aspects of healthcare, including policy, innovation, business development and strategy," said Mr. Kerrey.

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