Chairman and CEO, Community Health Systems
A perennial name on this list, Smith in late October announced plans to retire at the end of 2020. He’s led the for-profit hospital giant since April 1997. Since 2014, Smith has been charging forward on an aggressive strategy to right the company’s bottom line, which suffered after a merger with Health Management Associates. The company narrowed its net loss to shareholders to $675 million in calendar 2019. In the third quarter of 2020, CHS grew its income attributable to shareholders to $112 million, compared with a net loss of $17 million in the prior-year period.