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Wright L. Lassiter III

Wright L. Lassiter III is the president and chief executive officer of Henry Ford Health System, overseeing the $6.6 billion integrated health system. Lassiter joined Henry Ford in December 2014 as president and assumed the role of president and chief executive officer in 2016. Under his leadership, Henry Ford has completed two successful mergers, expanding its geographic footprint, and generating an additional $1 billion in revenue.

A seasoned health care executive, Lassiter has 30 years of experience working in large, complex health systems, including Dallas Methodist Health System and JPS Health Network. Prior to joining Henry Ford, Lassiter was chief executive officer of Alameda Health System, where he was credited with leading the expansion and turnaround of the $865 million public health system.

In 2021, Lassiter received the Crain’s Detroit Business Health Care Heroes – Corporate Achievement Award. Cited for his commitment to finding solutions, he was named “Michiganian of the Year” in 2020 by The Detroit News, as well as appearing in the 2020 “Top 10 Newsmakers” list by Crain’s Detroit Business for the second time in three years. In 2011, Fast Company prominently featured Lassiter’s work to rebuild Alameda Health. In addition to health industry recognition, Lassiter has received the Industry Award (2019) from Results Mentoring, the Corporate Leadership Award (2018) from National Medical Fellowships, and The Legacy Award (2014) from the Jobs and Housing Coalition.

An avid community leader and advocate, Lassiter is the 2021 chair-elect for the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees. Other nonprofit board service includes Detroit Regional Chamber (Board Chair), Detroit Children’s Fund, Invest Detroit, Motown Museum, and Downtown Detroit Partnership. Additionally, Lassiter’s board expertise is shared with several corporate interests, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), and DT Midstream, Inc (NYSE: DTM). Lassiter received his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemistry from LeMoyne College.