David A. Jones
Co-Founder and Chairman
Emeritus Humana Inc.
David A. Jones co-founded Humana Inc. in 1961 and served as chief executive officer for 37 years and board chair for 44 years prior to retiring in 2005, and served as nonexecutive founding chairman of the board of Hospira, NYSE (HSP) until his retirement in 2007. He is a director of Glenview Trust Co. and a retired director of Abbott Laboratories and several other companies.
Mr. Jones was a member of The Business Roundtable and co-founder and past chair of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a group of about 50 CEOs of the nation’s largest health care organizations.
Mr. Jones, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and his wife Betty have five children and eleven grandchildren. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville in 1954, where he won the outstanding senior award. He also became a Certified Public Accountant that year. After three years of Navy service he entered Yale University, earning a law degree (JD) in 1960, while also serving on the economics faculty from 1958 to 1960. He received the Yale Medal in 1992, and in 2003 received The Order of Merit, Romania’s highest civilian award. He holds honorary doctorates from The Chicago Medical School, the University of Louisville, Transylvania University and the Claremont Graduate School.
At the request of Mr. Drucker, Mr. Jones served as the founding chairman of the Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center's Board of Visitors, Claremont Graduate School, California.