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Michael Audet became one of our directors in June 2019. Mr. Audet is a Principal in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group. He worked at Blackstone from 2010 to 2012, and following the completion of an MBA, rejoined Blackstone’s New York office in 2014. Mr. Audet has been involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in Paysafe, First Eagle Asset Management, Tradesmen International, Summit Materials, and Apria Healthcare. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tradesmen International and Apria Healthcare. Mr. Audet received an AB in mathematics from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a Masters of Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard Business School. He is also a Co-Chair of the New Wave Steering Committee for Film at Lincoln Center.
John G. Figueroa first became one of our directors in November 2012 when he joined us as Chairman of our board of directors and also served in the dual roles as Chief Executive Officer of the Company and of our home infusion therapy segment from November of 2012 until January 2014. Prior to his appointment to these roles Mr. Figueroa served as Chief Executive Officer and board member of Cincinnati, Ohio-based Omnicare, Inc., a Fortune 500 healthcare services company that provides pharmaceuticals and related services to long-term care facilities and specialized drugs for complex disease states. Before that, Mr. Figueroa served as President of McKesson Corporation’s U.S. Pharmaceutical Group from 2006 to 2010, after holding progressively more responsible operations and sales positions in the company’s Supply Solutions, Pharmaceutical and Health Systems groups from 1997 through early 2006. He spent the initial years of his career in various sales and operations roles for Baxter Healthcare Corporation’s Hospitex and Medical Surgical divisions. Mr. Figueroa most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Genoa Healthcare, LLC, the leading behavioral health pharmacy in the United States, as a director and the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the Governance Committee of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., and on the Executive Committee for the board at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business. Mr. Figueroa holds B.A.s in English Literature and Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles and received his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University in California.
John R. Murphy became one of our directors in August 2019. Mr. Murphy currently serves on the Board of Directors of O’Reilly Automotive, Inc., Alight Solutions, a Blackstone portfolio company, and Summit Materials, Inc. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of DJO Global, Inc., Graham Packaging, Inc., and Accuride Corporation, Inc. He previously served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of Summit Materials, Inc. in 2013, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation from 2009 to 2010, and Chief Financial Officer, then President and Chief Operating Officer with Accuride Corporation, Inc. from 1998 to 2007. Mr. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Norman C. Payson, M.D. first became one of our directors in 2006 and served as our Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer from October 2008 until November 2012 when he retired as Executive Chairman and as Chief Executive Officer and became a Senior Advisor to us while remaining a member of our Board of Directors. He was Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Health Plans from 1998 through 2002. Dr. Payson co-founded Healthsource, Inc., a large health plan operating in 15 states, in 1985 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1985 through 1997. He currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Access Clinical Partners, an integrated urgent care health network operating in five states. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the board of directors of City of Hope, a not-for-profit tertiary cancer hospital and research center. Dr. Payson has been a member of the board of directors of Evolent Health Holdings Inc. (NYSE EVH) since December 2013 and a consultant of Evolent Health Holdings Inc. since March 2014. He is also a board member of Progyny, a fertility benefits provider and also serves as a Director of Smile Brands, one of the nation’s leading Dental Support Organizations with over 350 locations across 15 states, and as a Director of the Center of Orthopedic Research and Excellence, a network of state-of-the-art orthopedic clinics in Arizona and Michigan providing a full spectrum of patient care, research, community service and education. Dr. Payson is a Board Member of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, as well as Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia HPM National Advisory Board, and USC Schaeffer Center Advisory Board. Dr. Payson holds a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire.
Lynn Shapiro Snyder became one of our directors in August 2019. Ms. Snyder currently is a Senior Member of Epstein Becker Green (“EBG”) in the Health Care and Life Sciences and Litigation practices in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, and she is a Strategic Advisor with EBG Advisors, Inc. and National Health Advisors. Ms. Snyder has 40 years of experience at EBG, advising a wide variety of clients about federal, state, and international health law/policy/commercial issues, including Commercial Payer, Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, VA, compliance, managed care issues, and FDA/Clinical Research issues. Modern Healthcare magazine named Ms. Snyder as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” in its inaugural list, in August 2002. Ms. Snyder is also Founder, Chairperson and President of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation. Ms. Snyder has authored “Advancing Women in Business: 10 Best Practices” and co-authored “Answering the Call: Understanding the Duties, Risks and Rewards of Corporate Governance.” Ms. Snyder currently is a board member of the following companies: The Trustmark Group on the Audit and Compensation Committee, EBG as the Vice Chair of Finance Committee; The WBL Foundation as the Chairperson of the Board. She is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and George Washington University National Law Center.
Neil P. Simpkins became one of our directors immediately after the completion of our acquisition by private investment funds affiliated with our Sponsor in October 2008. He is a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone’s Corporate Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 1998, Mr. Simpkins has led the acquisitions of TRW Automotive, Vanguard Health Systems, TeamHealth, Gates Industrial Corporation plc, Change Healthcare and Summit Materials. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Simpkins was a Principal at Bain Capital. While at Bain Capital, Mr. Simpkins was involved in the execution of investments in the consumer products, industrial, healthcare and information industries. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Simpkins was a consultant at Bain & Company in the Asia Pacific region and in London. He currently serves as a director of Apria Healthcare Group Inc., Summit Materials, Inc., Change Healthcare Holdings, Inc., Gates Industrial Corporation plc, TRW Automotive Inc. and TeamHealth Holdings, Inc.
Mike S. Zafirovski became one of our directors in October 2011. Mr. Zafirovski is the founder and president of The Zaf Group LLC, which he established in November 2012. Since October 2011, Mr. Zafirovski has served as an Executive Advisor to The Blackstone Group, L.P. and serves on the boards of certain Blackstone portfolio companies. Previously, he served as director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nortel Networks Corporation from November 2005 to August 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Zafirovski was director, President and Chief Operating Officer of Motorola, Inc. (“Motorola”) from July 2002 to January 2005, and remained a consultant to and a director of Motorola until May 2005. He served as Executive Vice President and President of the Personal Communications Sector (mobile devices) of Motorola from June 2000 to July 2002. Prior to joining Motorola, Mr. Zafirovski spent nearly 25 years with General Electric Company, where he served in management positions, including 13 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of five businesses in the industrial and financial services arenas, his most recent being President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Lighting from July 1999 to May 2000. Mr. Zafirovski also serves as Chairman of the board of directors of DJO Global, Inc. and on the boards of The Boeing Company and Stericycle, Inc. Mr. Zafirovski holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.