AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hanger, Inc. (OTC PINK: HNGR) today announced its Board of Directors has elected Thomas C. Freyman and John T. Fox as directors, effective November 14, 2017. The company also announced the retirements of current Chairman of the Board Thomas P. Cooper, MD and Director Cynthia L. Feldmann, and the appointment of current Director Christopher B. Begley as its non-executive Chairman, all effective January 1, 2018.
"Tom and John have more than 55 years' combined healthcare experience with diverse business backgrounds, making them valuable additions to our company," stated Vinit Asar, Hanger, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). "These appointments will provide our Board with a fresh perspective and new insight as we continue to deliver on our vision of leading the orthotic and prosthetic markets by providing superior patient care, outcomes, services and value."
Mr. Freyman recently retired from Abbott Laboratories after serving as Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration, and prior to that, Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Freyman served in a number of other key roles throughout his 16-year tenure at Abbott Laboratories, a publicly held company that engages in the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of a broad and diversified line of health care products. Earlier in his career, Mr. Freyman held various accounting, financial planning, treasury and controllership roles. Since 2013, Mr. Freyman has been a member of the board of directors and a member of the Audit Committee of Tenneco, Inc. Mr. Freyman, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
Mr. Fox has held the position of CEO and President of Beaumont Health, Michigan's largest healthcare system, since 2015. Prior to joining Beaumont Health, Mr. Fox held positions at Emory Healthcare, the largest and most comprehensive health system in Georgia. He joined Emory as Chief Operating Officer in 1999 and assumed the role of CEO and President in 2002. Throughout his 30+ year career, Mr. Fox has held various roles within the healthcare sector, including Executive Vice President of IU Health, formerly Clarian Health, a large health system and academic medical center in Indianapolis, and Vice President and CFO at The John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Fox was a member of the board of directors at HealthSpring, Inc. from 2010 until its acquisition by Cigna in 2012. After obtaining a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration, Mr. Fox began his career as an MBA/CPA at Coopers & Lybrand.
The retirements of Dr. Cooper and Ms. Feldmann will be effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Cooper, a partner of Aperture Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, is Hanger's longest serving director, having joined in 1991. He served as the lead independent director prior to his election as non-executive Chairman in 2013. Upon retirement, Dr. Cooper will be designated as Director Emeritus for the Hanger Board of Directors. Ms. Feldmann, Hanger's second longest serving director and a retired CPA, joined the Hanger Board of Directors in 2003.
"We thank both Tom and Cynthia for their long-tenured service to Hanger," Mr. Asar said. "They have both made significant contributions to our company as members of the board of directors, providing thoughtful guidance that has allowed Hanger to maintain its position as the world's premiere provider of orthotic and prosthetic solutions."
Upon the retirement of Dr. Cooper, the current Chairman of the Board, current Director Christopher B. Begley will assume the role of non-executive Chairman effective January 1, 2018.
"Since his appointment to the Hanger Board of Directors in 2013, Chris has been an integral part of our company and we are honored to have him serve as Chairman of the Board," said Mr. Asar. "With 40 years' experience in the healthcare industry, including his former role as Chairman and CEO of a global hospital products company, Chris is well-positioned to provide strategic counsel as Chairman as we continue to grow and build on our more than 155 year heritage."
About Hanger, Inc. – Built on the legacy of James Edward Hanger, the first amputee of the American Civil War, Hanger, Inc. (OTC PINK: HNGR) delivers orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) patient care, and distributes O&P products and rehabilitative solutions to the broader market. Hanger's Patient Care segment is the largest owner and operator of O&P patient care clinics with more than 800 patient care locations nationwide. Through its Products & Services segment, Hanger distributes branded and private label O&P devices, products and components, and provides rehabilitative solutions. With over 150 years of clinical excellence and innovation, Hanger's vision is to lead the orthotic & prosthetic markets by providing superior patient care, outcomes, services and value. For more information on Hanger, visit www.hanger.com.
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