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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 serves on the Vizient Inc. Board of Directors as well as the Vizient Inc. Finance Committee, the American Heart Association Southeast Board of Directors, the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council, the American Hospital Association Committee on Health Care Strategy and Innovation, and the JDRF North Carolina Executive Council, where he is a founding member. His past service includes work with the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the American Hospital Association Governing Council, the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Knights of Columbus, Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education and the Friends of Scouting. 


  • Pegasus Award, Public Relations Society of America, Charlotte Chapter, 2013
  • One of the Most Influential People in the Triad, Triad Business Journal, 2013, 2015
  • Father of the Year, American Diabetes Association, Charlotte Chapter, 2015
  • Most Admired CEO, Triad Business Journal, 2017
  • Most Admired CEO, Charlotte Business Journal, 2018
  • Steven Schroeder Award for Outstanding Healthcare CEO, Costs of Care, 2020
  • 10 Best CEOs of 2022, Industry Era Magazine


Jesse Cureton is executive vice president and chief consumer officer for Novant Health. In this executive role, he directs payor contracting, marketing, public relations, community engagement, the foundations/outreach, corporate health and other business functions. In 2013, his team led the unifying of Novant Health under a rebranding initiative that showcases Novant Health’s commitment to building a culture of wellness and consumer engagement.

Previously, Cureton had a long tenure with Bank of America. During his twenty-five year financial industry career, he successfully lead the local merger efforts in North Carolina for US Trust and Bank of America, developed training for 2000+ wealth management advisors in Premier Banking and Investments, and implemented tactics that greatly improved staff satisfaction, retention and productivity.

He currently serves as a board member of Queens University of Charlotte, University of North Carolina Board of Visitors, Charlotte Center City Partners, Foundation for the Carolinas, Bechtler Museum, and is chairman of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. He also serves on the Charlotte Leading on Opportunity Council, an initiative bringing partners together to address some of our community’s most critical challenges: investing in neighborhoods in need, and removing barriers to education, employment and healthcare.

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 has also completed post graduate Executive programs from both Harvard and Wharton University business schools.

Frank E. Emory, Jr.Frank E. Emory, Jr. is executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Novant Health. Emory oversees the legal, government relations, risk management, corporate audit, compliance, human resources and diversity, inclusion and health equity teams.

Prior to joining Novant Health in 2019, Emory served as a partner with international law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, where he was co-head of the litigation and labor group and managing partner of the Charlotte office.

Emory currently serves as the chairman of the board of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, an appointment by Gov. Roy Cooper. In the past he has served as president of the Mecklenburg County Bar; a member of the North Carolina Board of Transportation; a member of the Duke University board of trustees; and the first African American and youngest chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission. Emory is a permanent member of the Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit.

A native of Wilson, North Carolina, Emory graduated cum laude from Duke University as an Angier B. Duke Scholar, Duke University’s most prestigious academic scholarship. He received his law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law on a Morehead Law Fellowship.



John Gizdic is the executive vice president and chief business development officer for Novant Health. In his role, he oversees the development of Novant Health’s Eastern market and the corporate areas of integration, business development and sales, corporate health, and public safety. Gizdic is also responsible for the coastal region, including New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).


He joined NHRMC in 2005 as vice president of strategic planning and business development and later assumed the title of chief operating officer in 2013. Gizdic became NHRMC’s president in 2016 and officially became CEO in 2017.  During his tenure, Gizdic played a vital role in supporting the improvement of patient care and growth of NHRMC. He led several key initiatives including creating the physician network that became NHRMC Physician Group; leading Physician Quality Partners, the organization’s Accountable Care Organization; facilitating numerous joint ventures in partnership with physicians, overseeing approximately $1 billion in capital projects, and spearheading an organization-wide effort to improve quality, safety, and efficiencies through Lean continuous improvement principles.     

Prior to joining NHRMC, Gizdic was with Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) and during his 14-year tenure he served as vice president of administration and strategic services for Blue Ridge Health Care System, director of the CHS Management Company and worked in financial operations with Mercy Hospitals. He received a bachelor’s degree in health policy and administration from Pennsylvania State University and master of business administration and master of health administration degrees from Pfeiffer University. 

Gizdic has been active in the community and the industry, including the American College of Healthcare Executives, Chair of the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Chamber Foundation/Cape Fear Future Foundation Board, Chair of the NCHA Policy Development Committee, and is currently serving as Chair of the NCHA Board. He also served as the 2016 Honorary Chair of Relay for Life of Wilmington and as Chair for the 2017 Cape Fear Heart Walk.  

Fred Hargett is Novant Health's executive vice president and 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.

Denise MihalDenise Mihal is executive vice president and chief nursing and clinical operations officer for Novant Health. Mihal leads clinical operations for all Novant Health hospitals, working directly with our facility nursing officers, surgical services, and trauma and emergency services leaders. She also oversees clinical operations for our central staffing and scheduling office, as well as our case management team.

Mihal began her career in healthcare as a registered nurse in intensive care. She joined Novant Health in 2000 as the administrator of Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte. She has served in a variety of roles since then, including chief operating officer of our greater Winston-Salem and Eastern markets and for Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, president of Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center and president of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center.

She has a Bachelor of Science in nursing from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Pam OliverPam Oliver, M.D. is executive vice president and president of Novant Health Physician Network. She is responsible for medical group operations, Care Connections, clinic quality and safety initiatives as well as provider education, enrollment and engagement efforts.

Oliver is a board-certified ob-gyn and has been practicing at Novant Health WomanCare since 2005. She has served in various leadership roles, including as submarket leader for specialty practices in the greater Winston-Salem market, physician service line leader of women’s services for the greater Winston-Salem market and senior physician executive for Novant Health Physician Network, supporting clinical and business strategy across the system.

Oliver received her undergraduate degree in biology and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and Board of Governors’ scholarship recipient. She also earned her master’s degree in public health (maternal and child health concentration) from the UNC School of Public Health while enrolled in medical school. Oliver currently serves as chair for the Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also serves on the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund Board. In addition, she has served on the Summit School board of trustees since 2015.


J. Dean Swindle

J. Dean Swindle is executive vice president and president of Novant Health Enterprises. In this role, he leads Novant Health’s independent business division focused on partnerships and investments that will create diversified revenue streams and transformational capabilities for Novant Health. Swindle has served as a strategic advisor for Novant Health since 2020.

Swindle previously served as president of enterprise business lines and chief financial officer at CommonSpirit Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) from 2010 to 2019. Before CHI, he served in a variety of leadership roles at Novant Health, including senior vice president of finance; executive vice president and chief financial officer; and president, ambulatory services and chief financial officer. Additionally, Swindle served as CEO of Concord Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and vice president of financial services at General Health System in Baton Rouge. He began his career with KPMG LLP in Jackson, Mississippi.

Swindle earned a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Angela YochemAngela Yochem is executive vice president and chief transformation and digital officer for Novant Health. She also serves as chief operating officer and general manager of Novant Health Enterprises. She served as the health system’s executive vice president and chief digital and technology officer from 2017 to 2020. Yochem leads Novant Health’s digital products and services, as well as transformational growth initiatives for the system, which includes accelerating cross-functional initiatives and exploring new opportunities and new potential lines of business. She also supports cultural and process changes required to achieve and sustain Novant Health’s transformational objectives.

Yochem previously served as chief information officer and executive vice president for a multi-billion dollar retail organization with more than 4,000 locations, where she created new digital retail channels and transformed the tech capability. Yochem has also served as chief information officer, digital product line executive and executive team member of a multi-billion dollar global logistics company spanning 140 countries, global chief technology officer for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and a senior executive for one of the world’s largest technology companies, where she built revenue-generating technology services.

Yochem received her master’s degree in computer science at the University of Tennessee, where she is an advisory board member. She has served on several company boards, from SEC-registrants to venture-backed start-ups, focusing on growth, enterprise risk, audit and governance. Yochem remains an entrepreneur in residence and a mentor/advisor for international and domestic venture firms, and serves as a board member for a Charlotte-based non-profit focused on promoting literacy in the community. Yochem holds three US Patents and is a published author with Addison-Wesley and Prentice-Hall.