Community Health Merger Shuffles Up Employers List

by Jamie Walden  on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 12:00 am  

That deal is expected to close later this week, leaving CHS with Northwest Medical Center of Benton County, Northwest Medical Center of Washington County, Willow Creek Women's Hospital of Johnson, Harris Hospital of Newport, Forrest City Medical Center, Helena Regional Medical Center and Medical Center of South Arkansas of El Dorado.

Triad is the only merger on this year's list, but other companies saw changes in leadership.

D. Scott Davis, 55, was promoted to chairman of the board and CEO of United Parcel Service Inc. of Atlanta upon the retirement of Mike Eskew. UPS has 2,238 employees in Arkansas this year.

Warren Staley, former CEO of Cargill Inc. of Minneapolis (No. 28 on the list with 1,957 employees in Arkansas), reached the company's mandatory retirement age of 65 and passed the reins to Gregory Page, 55, in June 2007.

And of course Acxiom Corp. of Little Rock, 2,900 Arkansas employees, is under new leadership. John Meyer, former president of Alcatel-Lucent's global services group, will officially succeed Charles Morgan on Feb. 4.



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