Tivity Health Appoints Healthcare Industry Veteran Richard Ashworth President and CEO
Healthcare leader brings wealth of operational, consumer and business development experience.
Nashville, TN—PRNewswire—Tivity Health®, Inc. (Nasdaq: TVTY), a leading provider of fitness, nutrition and social engagement solutions, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Richard Ashworth as President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1. Ashworth most recently served as the president of Walgreens, where he was responsible for developing the strategies and plans for all Walgreens operations including leadership, development and management of the business. He will also serve on Tivity Health’s Board of Directors.
In his nearly 30-year career with Walgreens, Ashworth helped lead the transformation of the brand to become a global leader in pharmacy and health and wellness. Ashworth served as President of Operations from November 2017 to February 2020. Ashworth led the Company’s pharmacy segment as President of Pharmacy and Retail Operations from 2014 to 2017. In 2013, Ashworth also led the development and delivery of the healthcare strategy for the Company’s strategic partnership with U.K.-based Alliance Boots, which Walgreens later acquired.
“We are excited to bring someone with Richard’s extensive background in health and wellness to Tivity Health. Richard has significant experience navigating a rapidly changing healthcare landscape while serving a portfolio of large customers and individual consumers in the intensely competitive retail realm,” said Anthony Sanfilippo, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We conducted a thorough search and we believe Richard is the right person to lead the Tivity Health team. Richard will leverage our core capabilities in healthcare and consumer-focused nutrition programs to deliver market-leading solutions that focus on profitable revenue growth. With a disciplined approach to managing the business, we are confident Richard will move the Company forward as a leading provider of healthy lifestyle solutions that improve health and lower healthcare costs.”
“Tivity Health is a leader in helping adults adopt healthier behavior through physical activity, nutrition and weight loss, and social engagement solutions. I am excited to partner with our Medicare Advantage clients who invest in the health and well-being of millions of beneficiaries,” said Ashworth. “I look forward to building on the Company’s 30-year history and its deep relationships with health plan clients and employers, while charting a course for growth to build Tivity Health’s trusted brands to deliver even greater value to our shareholders, consumers, clients, partners, and colleagues.”
Richard will be stepping into a role that has been filled by Bob Greczyn, Interim CEO, since February 19, 2020. Greczyn has been a member of the Tivity Health Board of Directors since 2015 and has over 30 years of leadership experience in managed care and healthcare.
“Bob has been an exceptional Interim CEO. In the months that he has led the Company, the country has been disrupted by a global pandemic which immediately changed how all businesses operate,” said Sanfilippo. “On behalf of the Board, we thank Bob for agreeing to serve as Interim CEO and for actively galvanizing and inspiring our colleagues to move the Company forward. Our Tivity Health team, through Bob’s leadership, and with prompt and innovative action, has continued to serve our members and customers, providing solutions to promote a better and healthier lifestyle. We’re fortunate that we will continue to benefit from Bob’s experience as a member of the Board.”
Ashworth has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD), and a master’s degree in business administration. He will be based at Tivity Health’s Franklin, TN campus.