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Carl Armato pictureCarl S. Armato is the president and chief executive officer for Novant Health. Since joining Novant Health in 1998 as the vice president of finance and operations for the physician divisions in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Armato has also served as senior vice president of materials management and logistics for Novant Health. In 2003, Presbyterian Healthcare appointed Armato as chief operating officer and then promoted him to president and chief executive officer in January 2004. In 2008, the health system promoted him to president of Novant Health markets and in 2011 as chief operating officer. The board of trustees appointed him to his current position in January 2012.

Prior to joining Novant Health, Armato was vice president of operations for First Care Physicians and director of finance for the General Health System in Baton Rouge, LA. He was also a senior tax/audit consultant for Ernst & Young in the Baton Rouge office. Armato holds a Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration from Norwich University of Vermont.

He is a certified public accountant licensed in Louisiana and North Carolina. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the North Carolina Society of Certified Public Accountants, the State Board of CPAs of Louisiana and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Armato currently serves as chairman of board of Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education. Past community involvement includes: serving as chairman of the Friends of Scouting Exploring Community Campaign for 2004; member of the 2004 and 2005 American Heart Walk Executive Committee; member VHA Central Atlantic Board of Directors 2005 and 2006; member Central Piedmont Community College President's Council 2006; and past member of Knights of Columbus.

Peter S. Brunstetter is chief legal officer and general counsel for Novant Health. Brunstetter has been an attorney for nearly 30 years and has served in the North Carolina State Senate since 2006, representing District 31.

Prior to joining Novant Health, Brunstetter served as a member of the Novant Health Board of Trustees including three years as chair. He was appointed as an initial board member with Novant Health when the organization formed in 1997 and continued to serve in a variety of capacities on the board for the next 10 years. Brunstetter holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Tulane University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association.

Jesse Cureton is chief consumer officer for Novant Health, overseeing strategic planning, marketing and public relations, government relations, community relations and outreach, the foundations, business development and sales, network development and corporate health, as well as web development and call center relationships.

Prior to joining Novant Health in 2013, Cureton was regional executive, managing director for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. He also served in a variety of executive roles with Bank of America during his twenty-five year financial industry career.

Cureton holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Master in Business Administration from Queens University of Charlotte.

He serves as a board member with Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte Mint Museum and Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. Prior to joining Novant Health, Cureton served on both the Presbyterian Healthcare and Novant Health boards.

Jacque R. Daniels is chief administrative officer for Novant Health, overseeing human resources, information technology services, construction and property management as well as the ambulatory surgery division.

Prior to accepting her current role in 2004, Daniels served in a variety of managerial positions within human resources, including senior vice president, director of benefits and compensation, and recruitment and personnel manager for the physician division in the Winston-Salem region. She began her career at Novant Health in 1982 as a medical technologist and clinical educator in the pathology department for Forsyth Medical Center.

Daniels holds a Bachelor of Science-Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.

She serves on the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee and is a member of the Allegacy Federal Credit Union board of directors. Over the years, she has also been an active volunteer and held several leadership positions with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Forsyth County, Winston Salem State Foundation Board and the North Carolina Hospital Association.

Fred Hargett is Novant Health's chief financial officer. He joined the health system in 2003 and most recently served as executive vice president of finance for Novant Health. Prior to that, Hargett held the position of senior vice president of financial planning for our health system.

Before joining Novant Health, Hargett served as manager of healthcare consulting at Ernst & Young in Charlotte, NC. At Ernst & Young, he led engagements in strategic planning, business development and financial forecasting.

Hargett graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is a certified public accountant licensed in North Carolina. In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Jeff Lindsay pictureJeffery T. Lindsay is Novant Health’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He is responsible for operational performance and strategic growth of the health system. Lindsay has worked in healthcare for more than twenty years and has been part of Novant Health since 1996.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Political Science from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to accepting his current role in 2014, Lindsay most recently served as president of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center and chief executive officer of the Winston-Salem and eastern North Carolina markets. He began his career at Novant Health as vice president of Cardiovascular Services and since served in a numerous leadership positions, including president of Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville, president of Rowan Regional Medical Center and chief operating officer of the Triad region.

He serves on the North Carolina Hospital Association as chair of the board and is a member of the Winston-Salem Alliance. Lindsay is also currently serving on the board of directors for the Forsyth Country Day School, Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Senior Services of Winston-Salem and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Dr. John PhippsJohn Phipps, MD, is Novant Health's executive vice president and president of the medical group, as well as a practicing endocrinologist at Novant Health Salem Family Medicine.

Dr. Phipps joined Novant Health in 1998 as an endocrinologist at Forsyth Internal Medicine and later Forsyth Endocrine Consultants. Over the years, he has served in a variety of leadership roles across the Novant Health medical group. He has been president of the medical group since 2010.

A native of Winston-Salem, Dr. Phipps graduated with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in interdisciplinary studies. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a varsity athlete. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he was a Fullerton Foundation Scholar and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Phipps trained in internal medicine at UNC Hospitals and completed a fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. Dr. Phipps is board-certified in endocrinology and internal medicine.

Dr. Phipps is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the Endocrine Society and the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Dr. Thomas ZwengThomas N. Zweng, MD, serves as Novant Health's executive vice president and chief medical officer. From 2006-2014 he was the senior vice president of medical affairs for Novant Health's five Charlotte-based hospitals and Novant Health Gaffney Medical Center, supporting the 2,500 members of the medical staff. He is a board-certified general surgeon and practiced in the Charlotte area for 10 years. Prior to his role in medical affairs he was the chief of general surgery for the Novant Health Presbyterian Hospitals.

He completed his medical school training at UCLA in 1984, followed by a six-year general surgery residency at the University of Michigan. He was an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Kentucky Medical School from 1990 to 1995 and developed the laparoscopic general surgery program for the university.