Board of Directors

Thomas F. Frist, III

Thomas Frist III became Chairman of the HCA Board on April 26, 2019 and has served on the board of directors since 2006.

Mr. Frist is the founder and managing principal of Frist Capital, LLC, a Nashville-based investment firm he founded in 2002 that makes long-term equity investments in public and private companies. He also serves on the board of Verisign Inc., a NYSE traded company based in Reston, VA. Previously, Mr. Frist was a managing member of FS Partners II, LLC in New York and worked at Rainwater, Inc.

Mr. Frist graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Business School.

Samuel N. Hazen

Sam Hazen is chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services with 182 hospitals and approximately 2,300 ambulatory sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers and physician clinics, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HCA Healthcare and its 275,000 employees provide approximately six percent of all U.S. inpatient hospital services.

A 40-year veteran of HCA Healthcare, Hazen was appointed CEO January 1, 2019 after serving as president and chief operating officer since 2016. Hazen has served in various senior positions for HCA Healthcare including president of operations from 2011-2015. Hazen has also served as president of HCA Healthcare’s Western Group, which included all operations west of the Mississippi River and represented approximately one-half of the company’s revenue.

Prior to 2001, Hazen was chief financial officer for the Western Group. Prior to 1995, he was chief financial officer for two different divisions in the company, overseeing operations in North Texas and various other markets. Hazen began his career in Humana’s Financial Management Specialist Program in 1983 and has held chief financial officer position at hospitals in Georgia and Las Vegas.

Hazen currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Health Care Council, Federation of American Hospitals, and the HCA Healthcare Foundation.

Hazen earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Kentucky and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Meg G. Crofton

Meg G. Crofton retired from The Walt Disney Company in 2015, after a 35 year career with that company. From 2006 until 2013, she was President of Walt Disney World, the largest site in Disney’s Parks and Resorts division, and from 2011 until her retirement in 2015, she served as President of Disney’s Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France. Ms. Crofton has also served as a director of Tupperware Brands Corporation since 2016 and as a director of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. since 2017.

Robert J. Dennis

Bob Dennis served as Executive Chairman of Genesco Inc., a specialty retailer, from February 2020 until June 2020. Previously, he served as Genesco’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to February 2020 and as Chairman from April 2010 to February 2020. Dennis served as Genesco’s President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006 until 2008, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2005 until 2006 and Senior Vice President from 2004 until 2005.

Dennis previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Hat World Corporation from 2001 to 2004.

A 30-year retail veteran, his experience includes a senior position with Asbury Automotive from 1997 to 1999. From 1984 to 1997 he was with McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm, becoming a leader of the North American Retail Practice and a partner in 1990.

Dennis holds a master of business administration degree, with distinction, from the Harvard Business School, with a focus on consumer marketing, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In addition, Dennis was named a director of HCA Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCA) in February 2014. He also joined Corrections Corporation of America (NYSE: CXW) as a director in February 2013. Dennis currently serves on the board of directors with the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, the Nashville Symphony and the Board of Visitors at Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management.

Nancy-Ann DeParle

Nancy-Ann DeParle is a partner at Consonance Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in innovative health care companies in the lower middle-market. From 2011-January 2013, she was Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Obama White House. A health policy expert, DeParle previously served as Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform. She spearheaded President Obama’s successful effort to enact the Affordable Care Act and managed the initial implementation of the law.

From 2006-2009, DeParle was a Managing Director of CCMP Capital Advisors, a private equity firm, and a senior advisor to its predecessor, JPMorgan Partners, LLC. She was also a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a trustee or director of several corporate and non-profit boards. From 1997-2000, DeParle was Administrator of the agency now known as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She directed Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children’s Health Insurance (SCHIP), which provide health insurance for more than 105 million Americans at an annual cost of $870 billion. Earlier in her career, she served as Associate Director for Health and Personnel at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

DeParle received a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Tennessee, where she was Student Body President, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also received a B.A. and M.A. in Politics and Economics from Balliol College of Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

William R. Frist

William R. Frist is a principal of Frist Capital LLC, a private investment vehicle for Mr. Frist and certain related persons and has held such position since 2003. Mr. Frist is also a general partner in Frisco Partners, another Frist family investment vehicle. Mr. Frist is the brother of Thomas F. Frist, III, who also serves as a director.

Hugh F. Johnston

Hugh F. Johnston is Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo, a global food and beverage company that maintains a product portfolio with 23 brands generating more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. Mr. Johnston joined PepsiCo in 1987 and has served in a variety of senior leadership positions, including Executive Vice President, Global Operations, PepsiCo; President, Pepsi-Cola North America; Senior Vice President, Transformation, PepsiCo; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, PepsiCo Beverages and Foods; and Senior Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, PepsiCo. Mr. Johnston currently also serves as a member of the board and chair of the audit committee of Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Johnston is active with a number of corporate, NGO and academic organizations, including the University of Chicago’s Booth School CFO Forum Advisory Board, Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Advisory Council, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. In addition, he is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Advisory Council and the CNBC Global CFO Council. Mr. Johnston holds a B.S. from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Michael W. Michelson

Michael W. Michelson is a retired, long-term member of the private equity firm, KKR & Co. L.P. Mr. Michelson previously served as a director of HCA from 2006 to 2016. He also serves as a director of Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. since June 2015. He began his professional career with the law firm of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, where he was involved in a broad corporate practice while specializing in management buyouts. He earned an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Wayne J. Riley

Wayne Joseph Riley, M.D. is the President of the State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Health Sciences University where he also holds academic rank as Professor of Internal Medicine and of Health Policy & Management. Dr. Riley is a Commissioner of the U.S. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Chair of the Board of Directors of the New York Academy of Medicine and a President Emeritus of the 150,000 member American College of Physicians, the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. From January 2007 until July 2013, Dr. Riley was the 10th President and Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College. Prior to that time, he served as a corporate officer and member of the senior management team as the Vice-President and Vice Dean for Health Affairs and Governmental Relations and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He joined the faculty there after completing residency training in Baylor’s highly regarded internal medicine residency training program.

Dr. Riley, a general internist well versed in clinical medicine, healthcare and healthcare management and policy, is an elected member of the prestigious National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Master of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Society of Medical Administrators (SOMA), an organization composed of the nation’s leading physician executives. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University; a Master of Public Health in Health Systems Management from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine; an M.D. from the Morehouse School of Medicine and an MBA from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Riley is an Independent Director of Compass Pathways, plc, where he serves on the Compensation and Leadership Development and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Dr. Riley previously served as an Independent Director of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where he served on the Corporate Governance & Nominating and Science & Technology committees, as a Director of Pinnacle Financial Partners, where he served on the Audit and Compliance, Nominating and Corporate Governance and Community Affairs committees, and as a member of the Nashville Branch Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

In his rare spare time, Dr. Riley, a jazz aficionado also enjoys reading, golf and spectator sports.

Andrea B. Smith

Andrea B. Smith retired from Bank of America in December 2021 after nearly 34 years with the company. Most recently, she served as chief administrative officer (CAO) from August 2015 through December 2021. Previously, she led Global Human Resources from January 2010 to August 2015. Ms. Smith graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in economics. She also serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the PGA of America and the Charlotte Sports Foundation.