Robert Walter, 60, resigned last week as CEO of Cardinal Health, Dublin, Ohio, and was replaced by Kerry Clark, 53, a Procter & Gamble Co. executive, who also will join Cardinal's board. In addition, Clark will take over the responsibilities of president and COO from George Fotiades, who plans to step down after a transition period. The company did not provide a timetable for the transition. Walter founded Cardinal as a food-distribution company, and during his 35 years as CEO it grew into a major healthcare-supply distributor. Walter will continue to serve as Cardinal's board chairman. Clark spent 32 years at P&G, most recently as vice chairman of its global family-health division. A spokesman said Cardinal officials hope Clark's international experience will help the company grow outside of the U.S. In the first six months of Cardinal's fiscal 2006, the company earned $532.3 million on revenue of $39.3 billion. ... Steve Womack has been named a partner in Centre Health Partners, a Brentwood, Tenn.-based turnaround firm. Womack, 54, is a former longtime HCA executive who most recently had his own consulting business.
Leonard Schaeffer, the former chairman and CEO of WellPoint Health Networks and chairman of the merged WellPoint, has become a senior adviser to the private investment firm Texas Pacific Group, Fort Worth. Schaeffer, 60, brings with him to the firm former WellPoint executives Thomas Geiser, 55; Robert Glaser, 47; and William Palmer, 44.
Phillip Robinson has been hired as vice president of operations for the Texas region of Hospital Partners of America, Charlotte, N.C. Robinson, 49, will make his office in Houston at St. Joseph Hospital, which HPA is negotiating to buy from Christus Health, Irving, Texas. HPA and Christus have signed a letter of intent on the deal and are working on a definitive agreement. Completing the deal would give HPA two hospitals in Houston and three in Texas. Most recently, Robinson has served as CEO of HCA's Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena, Texas. He also has led HCA's Atlantic division. ... Robert Minkin, 53, has been named president and CEO of Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, replacing Ned Borgstrom Jr., who has been acting CEO since mid-2005, when Les Hirsch left to lead Touro Infirmary, New Orleans. Minkin, 53, had been executive vice president and COO of St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, Calif., part of St. Joseph Health System. Borgstrom will continue in his role as CFO for Exempla St. Joseph's parent company, three-hospital Exempla Health Care.