David Jones, Humana CEO Emeritus and Philanthropist
Humana CEO Emeritus and philanthropist David Jones visited Louisville Life to talk about his vision for the City of Parks initiative, an ambitious multi-phase project that includes expanding existing parks, adding thousands of acres of interconnected new parkland, and creating a 100-mile loop trail around it all.
Jones, a Louisville native, has years of experience in thinking big. He co-founded Humana Inc. in 1961 and served as chief executive officer for 37 years, building it into one of the nationís largest private health care companies. He also served as board chair for 44 years before retiring in 2005. In addition, he co-founded and chaired the Healthcare Leadership Council, a group of about 50 CEOs of health care organizations.
He is the nonexecutive chairman of the board of Hospira, a director of Glenview Trust Co., and a retired director of Abbott Laboratories and several other companies. At the request of Peter F. Drucker, Jones served as founding chairman of the Drucker Graduate Management Centerís Board of Visitors at Claremont Graduate School in California.
Jones earned a bachelorís degree from the University of Louisville in 1954, winning 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. In 2003, he received the Order of Merit, Romaniaís highest civilian honor. He holds honorary doctorates from the Chicago Medical School, the University of Louisville, Transylvania University, and the Claremont Graduate School. He and his wife, Betty, have five children and ten grandchildren.