Wellmont Adds Three Business Leaders to Board of Directors, Selects New Officers

Keith WilsonTed WoodTerry Begley

Two innovative business leaders and a highly respected newspaper publisher, all of whom have left indelible footprints on the region, have been appointed as members of Wellmont Health System's board of directors.

Keith Wilson, publisher of the Kingsport Times-News and president of Northeast Tennessee Media Group, recently began his board service. He was joined by Ted Wood, who retired as president and vice chairman of The United Company after an extensive tenure as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry. The other new board member is Terry Begley, who retired as Eastman Chemical Company's vice president of global supply chain and chief procurement officer.

"These gentlemen have led distinguished professional careers and will provide superb guidance for our health system," said Roger Leonard, Wellmont's board chairman. "We recruited these new board members because of their demonstrated track record of remarkable success in business as well as their deep personal commitment to our region."

Begley and Wood serve as vice chairmen of the boards at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center, respectively.

Wilson has been a leader in the newspaper industry for more than 40 years, beginning immediately after his graduation from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in political science. He has served on the business side throughout his career, including positions such as general manager, business manager and circulation director at newspapers in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. He has served as the Times-News' publisher since 1993 and was promoted to his additional role as president overseeing Sandusky Corp.'s newspapers in the region in 2011.

Wood spent more than 40 years in business after receiving a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky. His early years were in sales and marketing positions for The Dow Chemical Company and Frank J. Corbett Inc. He worked for 16 years with the Beecham Group and SmithKline Beecham, serving as president and executive vice president. He also served as U.S. president of Boehringer Mannheim Pharmaceuticals and president and CEO of K-V Pharmaceuticals before joining The United Company.

Begley rose steadily through the ranks at Eastman during 42 years of dedicated service at one of the more well-regarded companies in the region. He started his career there as a chemical engineer after receiving his bachelor's degree in that field from the University of Tennessee. He later earned a master's degree in engineering administration from UT and spent the last 30 years in various management roles at Eastman, including the final 12 years as a vice president. Under Begley's leadership, the global supply chain, procurement and quality organizations made significant contributions to Eastman's earnings.

Wilson, Wood and Begley have also lent their expertise to many other businesses and organizations as board members.

Wilson has served as president of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Kingsport Tomorrow and Leadership Kingsport and is a member of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Wood was chairman and lead director of King Pharmaceuticals' board and also served on the boards of Alpha Natural Resources and Pozen Inc.

Begley served on the boards of Girls Inc. and the former Tri-Cities Bank and is sitting on the UT College of Engineering and UT National Alumni boards of directors. He will become president of the alumni board in 2015.

"The leadership skills and multidimensional business acumen Keith, Ted and Terry bring to the table are essential in helping Wellmont achieve the best health care anywhere," Leonard said. "They will complement the cadre of high-caliber business and community leaders and physicians who are focused on bringing the highest level of clinical excellence to our region for the benefit of our families, friends and neighbors."

The Wellmont board has also selected officers for the next two years - Leonard as chairman, Julie Bennett as vice chairwoman, Wayne Kennedy as secretary and Roger Mowen as treasurer.

Other board members are R. David Crockett Sr.; Nelson Gwaltney, MD; Mary Hall; Ravan Krickbaum; David Lester; T. Arthur "Buddy" Scott Jr.; Glen "Skip" Skinner; William Smith, MD; and David Sparks, MD. Mowen, Crockett and Scott completed two-year terms as chairman, with Scott now serving as immediate past chairman.

"Wellmont's future is bright and in expert hands with these remarkable community servants and physician leaders," said Denny DeNarvaez, president and CEO. "Their individual and collective wisdom has served our health system well, and their foresight is empowering our health system to continue delivering superior care well into the future."

Several board members have rotated off the panel. They are Jack Butterworth, MD; Marvin Cameron; Charlie Floyd; Douglas Springer, MD; and John Williams.

"We are indebted to these leaders for the many years of stewardship they have contributed to advancing health care in our region," Leonard said. "Their work on behalf of our system and patients will continue to bear fruit well into the future."