New Chair, Vice Chair and Others Join Atlantic Health System Board of Trustees

Atlantic Health System announced its new chair, Robert E. McCracken, and vice chair, Gita Rothschild, Esq. The system also welcomes new trustees: Jeanine D. Liburd, Arthur Orduña and Dennis G. Wilson.

Dexter D. Earle, Atlantic Health’s chair since 2018, has assumed the role of Immediate Past Chair through May 2022, ensuring leadership continuity as the system continues to provide the highest quality care throughout a global pandemic.

Since joining the board in 2009, Earle has played a critical role in driving performance and growth, including expansion to more than 400 sites of care, 7 hospitals, 16 urgent care centers, and one of New Jersey’s largest multi-specialty physician practices. Earle is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs & Company, where he served as co-head of the Global Equities Derivatives Department. He previously served as chair of Morristown Memorial Hospital’s Foundation Board, president of the Trustees Emeritus of Brooklyn’s Berkeley Carroll School, and a member of the Mid West Stock Exchange’s Board of Governors.

After joining the Atlantic Health Board in 2011, Robert E. McCracken advanced the system’s mission to build healthier communities through his longstanding service as chair of the board’s Governance Committee and as an Executive Committee member. He is former chair of the Newton Memorial Hospital board and following its merger with Atlantic Health became Chair of the Newton Medical Center Advisory Board. McCracken is the former owner and acting manager of Smith-McCracken and Wood Funeral Homes. He sits on the Board of Directors of Lakeland Bank Corp, Inc. and is chair of its Executive Compensation Committee and former chair of its Nominating and Governance Committees.

Gita Rothschild assumes the role of vice chair after serving as a trustee since 2010. Through her longstanding service as chair of the board’s Quality Committee, Rothschild has enthusiastically pursued her passion for advancing clinical quality and patient safety. She has also served as a member of the board’s Executive, Medical Staff Leadership & Development, and Governance Committees. A partner at McCarter & English, LLP for 33 years, Rothschild practiced in areas of complex litigation, including insurance coverage, class actions, products liability and commercial contracts. A member of the American Law Institute, American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association and International Association of Defense Counsel, Rothschild is a frequent lecturer who has served on the Editorial Board of The New Jersey Lawyer, as faculty of the Defense Trial Academy, and as Chair of the District V Fee Arbitration Committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Atlantic Health also announces the appointment of three new trustees to its board.

Jeanine D. Liburd is the chief social impact and communications officer for BET Networks, a unit of ViacomCBS Inc., the leading provider of quality entertainment for the African American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. An innovative strategic communications, marketing and social impact professional with over two decades of corporate, political and non-profit experience, Liburd leads a portfolio of multiplatform social change initiatives that empower BET Networks’ audience to have an impact on critical issues facing the Black community. She also leads BET’s corporate communications, social responsibility and event production teams, through which she works to create awareness and build action-oriented campaigns. Liburd oversees strategic partnerships and community engagement at the local and national levels, ensuring integration with BET’s long-term strategy, programming and events.

Arthur Orduña is currently a senior advisor to Newlab, an award-winning disruptive technology accelerator in Brooklyn, and also to EQT, a leading European private equity firm. Until November 2020, he served as the first chief innovation officer and executive vice president of Avis Budget Group, a leading global provider of mobility solutions, operating three of the industry’s most recognized brands – Avis, Budget and Zipcar – with 11,000 locations in nearly 180 countries, 30,000 employees and reported 2019 revenue of $9.17 billion. In this role, he led new technology, product and partnership strategies and also the organization’s mobile and data-driven digital transformation. He previously served as chief innovation officer and senior vice president at ADT Corporation, a leading security, automation and smart home solutions provider that serves consumer and business customers through 200 locations, 9 monitoring centers and the United States’ largest network of security professionals.

Dennis Wilson is president and CEO of Delta Dental of New Jersey. He joined the Atlantic Health board in November 2020 and serves on its Quality and Governance Committees. Wilson was formerly president of Coventry Health Care, an Aetna Company, and served as national lead for High Performance Network and Accountable Care Organization Business Development for Coventry Health Care. He serves as chair of DeltaUSA’s board of trustees and the board of Encara, Inc. and as vice president and trustee of the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation. He is immediate past chair of Community Foundation of New Jersey and a trustee of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. Wilson has been recognized by the Northeast Business Group on Health, the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and was the 2017 recipient of an NJBIZ ICON Honors Award, recognizing New Jersey business leaders for distinguished successes and exemplary leadership.

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