Board of Directors
Board of Directors
The following members make up the AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. Board of Directors. Please select an individual member below to learn more about that director.
Douglas D. Wheat
Director Since: 1999
Board Committees: Executive Committee
Business Experience and Qualifications: The Board has concluded that Mr. Wheat is qualified to serve on the Board because he possesses significant healthcare staffing industry knowledge and extensive expertise in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Such knowledge and expertise are critical to the successful design and implementation of our growth strategy. He is currently the Managing Partner of Wheat Investments, a private investment firm. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Wheat was the founding and managing partner of the private equity company Southlake Equity Group. From 1992 to 2006, Mr. Wheat was President of Haas Wheat & Partners. Prior to the formation of Haas Wheat, Mr. Wheat was a founding member of the merchant banking group Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette specializing in leveraged buyout financing. From 1974 to 1984 Mr. Wheat practiced corporate and securities law in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Wheat received both his J.D. and B.S. degrees from the University of Kansas.
Board Experience: Mr. Wheat is currently the Chairman of the Board of Overseas Shipholding Group and International Seaways, Inc. He previously served as Vice Chairman of Dex Media, Inc. and as Chairman of SuperMedia prior to its merger with Dex One. Mr. Wheat has also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of several other companies, including, among others: (1) Playtex Products (of which he also served as Chairman), (2) Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up Companies, Inc., (3) Dr. Pepper Bottling of the Southwest, Inc., (4) Walls Industries, Inc., (5) Alliance Imaging, Inc., (6) Thermadyne Industries, Inc., (7) Sybron International Corporation, (8) Nebraska Book Corporation, (9) ALC Communications Corporation, (10) Mother’s Cookies, Inc., and (11) Stella Cheese Company.
Susan R. Salka
Director Since: 2003
Board Committees: Executive Committee
Business Experience and Qualifications: Ms. Salka has served as our President since May 2003 and our CEO since May 2005. The Board has concluded that Ms. Salka is qualified to serve on the Board because she has nearly three decades of experience in the healthcare services industry, including 26 years of experience with us in various roles, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. During her service to the Company, she has helped grow our business both organically and through acquisitions into the national industry leader we are today. Prior to joining us, Ms. Salka worked at BioVest Partners, a venture capital firm, and Hybritech, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Co. which Beckman Coulter later acquired.
Board Experience: Ms. Salka is recognized as a leader in corporate governance and currently serves as the director of McKesson Corp., as well as a member of its Corporate Governance and Audit Committees Ms. Salka also serves on the Board of San Diego State University Campanile Foundation. Ms. Salka served on the Board and the Audit Committee of Beckman Coulter from 2007 until 2011, when Danaher Corporation acquired it. Additionally, she served on the Board of Playtex Products, Inc. from 2001 until Energizer Holdings acquired it in October 2007.
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion: Under Ms. Salka’s leadership, AMN has become the largest and most diversified healthcare staffing company in the nation. Ms. Salka is passionate about corporate social responsibility, diversity, inclusion, and equality. She participates in many of the company's community initiatives, including the annual medical and community development trip to Guatemala. As one of the top 25 New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) female CEOs, she is also an advocate for promoting women in leadership and the boardroom. AMN is part of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index. Ms. Salka serves on the board of directors of McKesson, a Fortune #5 company, as well as the Executive Committee of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of CEOs from the nation's top healthcare companies dedicated to improving healthcare delivery and accessibility by working with each other and legislators.
Andrew M. Stern
Director Since: 2001
Board Committees: Audit and Corporate Governance Committees
Business Experience and Qualifications: The Board has concluded that Mr. Stern is qualified to serve on the Board because he brings deep and long-standing healthcare industry experience. Mr. Stern offers extensive investor communications and media expertise, which have been valuable in guiding the structuring of our communications strategy with our investors, clients and other key stakeholders. Mr. Stern's lobbying and advocacy skills in the healthcare provider arena also benefit the Company and qualify him to serve on the board. Mr. Stern is currently Senior Counsel of SunWest Communications, Inc., a public relations firm founded in 1982 and, from 1983 through the sale of SunWest in 2017, served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. From 1975 to 1977, he served as Staff Assistant to President Gerald R. Ford at The White House and then served in senior corporate positions until founding SunWest in 1982.
Board Experience: Prior to serving as Senior Counsel for SunWest Communications, Mr. Stern formerly served as its Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the board from 1983 to 2017. He has also served as a director of Medical City Dallas Hospital for 23 years and is the co-founder and co-chair of the Medical City Healthcare community advisory board. He is also an advisory director of the Center for Political Communication and Chairman of the Committee on Governance of the American Hospital Association. Additionally, Mr. Stern also serves as a director for Club Oaks Consulting LLC, American Hospital Association Political Action Committee, Texas Hospital Association HOSPAC and Dallas Medical Resource.
R. Jeffrey Harris
Director Since: 2005
Board Committees: Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees
Business Experience and Qualifications: The Board has concluded that Mr. Harris is qualified to serve on the Board because he brings considerable mergers and acquisitions experience, which is a key part of AMN's strategy. Additionally, Mr. Harris has experience serving as a director on public company compensation and corporate governance committees, which is essential in designing and maintaining our executive compensation programs and developing our succession planning strategies. Mr. Harris served as Of Counsel at Apogent Technologies, Inc. from December 2000 through 2003, and as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 1988 to 2000, when the company was named Sybron International.
Board Experience: Since 2002, Mr. Harris has been involved as an investor in, and a director of, many early stage companies. Mr. Harris served on the Board of Sybron Dental Specialties from April 2005 until it was aquired by Danaher Corporation in 2006. Mr. Harris served on the Board of Playtex Products, Inc. from 2001 until Energizer Holdings acquired it in October 2007. Mr. Harris was director of Prodesse, Inc., an early stage biotechnology company, from 2002 until 2009, when Gen-Probe Incorporated acquired it in 2004. Since 2008, he has been a director of Guy & O’Neill, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Brookfield Academy, a non-profit entity, and is Chairman of the Board and a co-founder of BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc., a non-profit economic development corporation. Additionally, Mr. Harris is a director of Somna Management, Inc. and Okanjo Partners, Inc., both early stage technology companies.
Dr. Michael M.E. Johns
Director Since: 2008
Board Committees: Compensation and Corporate Governance (Chair) Committees
Business Experience and Qualifications: The Board has concluded that Dr. Johns is qualified to serve on the Board because he has extensive “C-suite” healthcare leadership experience and is a recognized healthcare thought leader. This expertise is valuable in shaping our strategy to deliver innovative and expanded service offerings as a healthcare workforce solutions company. Dr. Johns is a Professor in the School of Medicine at Emory University, where he also served as Chancellor from October 2007 through August 2012. Dr. Johns served as Interim Executive Vice President of Health Affairs for Emory University and as Interim Chairman and CEO of Emory Healthcare from September 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. He served as the Interim Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Interim Chief Executive Officer of the University of Michigan Health System from June 2014 through March 2015. From 1996 to 2007, Dr. Johns served as Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University. From 1990 to 1996, Dr. Johns was Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Vice President of the Medical Faculty at Johns Hopkins University. From 1990 to 1996, Dr. Johns was Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Vice President of the Medical Faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Johns is a member of The National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.
Board Experience: Dr. Johns serves on the Board of Directors of Intelligent Fingerprinting, a privately held company, West Health Institute, a non-profit medical research organization, as well as several philanthropic entities. Dr. Johns served on the Board of the Genuine Parts Company from 2000 until April 2015, and at various times during his tenure, was a member of its Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee and its Audit Committee. He also served on the Board and the Compensation Committee of Johnson & Johnson from 2005 to 2014. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences. From 1996 to 2007, Dr. Johns served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emory Healthcare.
Martha H. Marsh
Director Since: 2010
Board Committees: Compensation (Chair) and Corporate Governance Committees
Business Experience and Qualifications: The Board has concluded that Ms. Marsh is qualified to serve on the Board because she has extensive “C-suite” leadership and expertise in the healthcare industry. Ms. Marsh’s experience and understanding of the challenges and opportunities of large healthcare facilities are immensely useful in directing our strategy to innovate and provide enhanced and expanded workforce solutions service offerings to meet our clients’ evolving needs. Ms. Marsh served as President and CEO of Stanford Hospital and Clinics for eight years, from April 2002 until her retirement in August 2010. Previously, Ms. Marsh served as the CEO of UC Davis Medical Center and the Chief Operating Officer of the UC Davis Health System from 1999 to 2002. Before that, she served as the Senior Vice President for Professional Services and Managed Care at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and before that as President and CEO of Matthew Thornton Health Plan in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Board Experience: Ms. Marsh serves as a director of Owens & Minor, Inc. where she is the Chairperson of the Governance and Nominating Committee and on its Compensation and Benefits Committee. Since October 2015, she has served as a director of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation and is a member of its Compensation and Governance Committee. She also serves on the Board and the Compensation Committee of Teichert, a privately held company. Prior to Thoratec Corporation’s acquisition by St. Jude Medical in 2015, she had served on Thoratec’s Board. Ms. Marsh is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the California Hospital Association and the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and a former director of Ascension Healthcare Network, a privately-held company.
Mark G. Foletta
Director Since: 2012
Board Committees: Audit Committee (Chair)
Business Experience and Qualifications: The Board has concluded that Mr. Foletta is qualified to serve on the Board because he brings considerable audit, financial, healthcare and enterprise risk management experience as both an executive officer and director of healthcare companies. The Board has designated Mr. Foletta as a financial expert for its Audit Committee, for which he serves as Chairman. Since February 2017, Mr. Foletta has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tocagen Inc. Mr. Foletta served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer of Biocept, Inc., a publicly-traded diagnostics company, from August 2015 to July 2016 and he also served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from March 2006 until October 2012. From March 2000 to March 2006, Mr. Foletta served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Amylin. Mr. Foletta received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a member of the Corporate Directors Forum.
Board Experience: Since February 2013, Mr. Foletta has served as a director of Regulus Therapeutics Inc., and is Chairman of its Audit Committee and a member of its Nominating and Governance Committee. On March 20, 2018, Mr. Foletta notified Regulus Therapeutics Inc. of his intention to retire from its Board upon the expiration of his current term ending on the date of their 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, due to his concurrent service as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Tocagen, Inc. Since November 2014, Mr. Foletta has also served on the Board of DexCom, Inc., a publicly-traded company, where he is the Lead Director. Additionally, Mr. Foletta serves as a director of Viacyte, Inc., a privately held company. From August 2015 to July 2016, he served as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Ambit Biosciences Corporation (sold in 2014), and also served as a director of Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (sold in 2011).
Daphne E. Jones
Director Since: 2018
Board Committees: Audit Committee
Business Experience and Qualifications: The Board has concluded that Ms. Jones is qualified to serve on the Board because she brings considerable information technology, global digital technology use, data management and privacy experience as a seasoned "C-suite" executive with extensive experience in multinational corporations. Ms. Jones' digital use and technology expertise and experience will be critical to our successful execution of our digital strategies. Ms. Jones served as the Senior Vice President - Digital/Future of Work for GE Healthcare, the healthcare business of GE, from May 2017 to October 2017 and prior to that she served as the Senior Vice President - Chief Information Officer for GE Healthcare Diagnostic Imaging and Services since August 2014. Prior to joining GE Healthcare, Ms. Jones was the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for Hospira, Inc., a provider of pharmaceuticals and infusion technologies, from October 2009 through June 2014. Previously she served as Chief Information Officer at Johnson & Johnson from 2006 to 2009 and served in various information technology roles with Johnson & Johnson from 1997 through 2006. Ms. Jones began her career in sales and systems engineering at IBM.
Board Experience: Ms. Jones serves on the board of Masonite International, where she is a member of the Audit Committee. She also serves on the board of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a not-for-profit organization and the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community.