Jack Bovender is retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America, the nation's leading provider of healthcare services.
Mr. Bovender is a 40-year veteran of the healthcare industry and has worked at HCA for 32 years. He began his hospital administrative career in 1969 as a lieutenant in the United States Navy stationed at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. He later served as Chief Executive Officer of Medical Center Hospital in Largo, Fla., and West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, both owned by HCA.
Mr. Bovender held several senior-level positions with HCA and in 1992 he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Following HCA's merger with Columbia in 1994, he retired and served on the boards of several public and private companies, including Quorum Health Group, Inc., American Retirement Corp. and Nashville Electric Service. He returned to HCA in 1997 as President and Chief Operating Officer. He was appointed to HCA's Board of Directors in 1999 and was named President and CEO in 2001. He became Chairman and CEO of HCA in January 2002 and Chairman in January 2009. He retired in December 2009.
Mr. Bovender received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Duke in 1967 and his master's degree in hospital administration in 1969.
Mr. Bovender was elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2007 and currently serves as chair. In 2012, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Bank of America and now serves as the bank’s Lead Independent Director.
Bovender and his wife, Barbara, live in Nashville. They have a son, Richard, who received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business.