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Tommy Thompson, Former Secretary of Health & Human Services, Joins Akin Gump as Partner and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP as Senior Advisor
  WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (Akin Gump) as a partner and will become the independent chair of the Deloitte Center for Health Care Management and Transformation, the two firms announced today. As a partner at Akin Gump and as a senior advisor and independent chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Care Management and Transformation, Secretary Thompson will focus on developing solutions for clients in the health care industry, as well as for companies doing business in the public sector.
"I look forward to working with Akin Gump and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP as they each explore and develop creative solutions to health care challenges facing individuals, communities, governments and businesses in America and promote advances in health care around the world," Secretary Thompson said. "This is a great way to embark on a new career in the private sector, with two firms that have an unmatched level of expertise, global reach and influence in the health care field."
"I am very happy to welcome Secretary Tommy Thompson as a senior advisor to Deloitte & Touche USA," said James Quigley, CEO. "The Secretary's understanding, insight and expertise regarding health care and public sector issues will enrich the services and perspective offered in these areas. He has been a major force on the front lines; and I highly value that experience and what it can mean for clients." Quigley noted that Secretary Thompson will initially serve a critical role in advising on the establishment of, and serving as independent chairman for, the Deloitte Center for Health Care Management and Transformation. Based in Washington, D.C., the center will facilitate and organize health care thought leadership and solution development, while focusing on major public health management and transformation issues in which the federal government and the states are involved.
Ambassador Robert S. Strauss, Akin Gump's founder, stated, "Secretary Thompson has dedicated his professional life to public service, and now is bringing his immense talents to the private sector. Given the many opportunities he had, we could not be more delighted by his decision to join Akin Gump."
Secretary Thompson has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in public service. In 1966, at the age of 23, he won a seat in Wisconsin's state Assembly. He became assistant Assembly minority leader in 1973 and Assembly minority leader in 1981. Elected governor of Wisconsin in 1986, he was reelected in 1990, and in 1994 became the first governor in the state's history to be elected to a third four-year term. In 1998 he was elected to a fourth term, and served in that position until his appointment as secretary of Health & Human Services in 2001.
As the Health & Human Services secretary, Thompson served as the nation's leading advocate for the health and welfare of all Americans. He worked to modernize and add prescription drug coverage to Medicare for the first time in the program's history. A leading advocate of welfare reform, he also focused on expanding services to seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income Americans. Additionally, Secretary Thompson is recognized for his contributions to the U.S. response to the threat of bioterrorism and for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States and abroad; he currently serves as the chairman of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He was the 19th individual to head the Department of Health & Human Services, which employs more than 60,000 personnel and had a fiscal year 2004 budget of more than $500 billion.
As governor of Wisconsin, Secretary Thompson was perhaps best known for his efforts to revitalize the Wisconsin economy, for his national leadership on welfare reform, and for his work in expanding health care access across all segments of society. He has received numerous awards for his public service, including the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Public Service Award, Governing Magazine's Public Official of the Year Award, and the Horatio Alger Award, which is awarded annually to "dedicated community leaders who demonstrate individual initiative and a commitment to excellence-as exemplified by remarkable achievements accomplished through honesty, hard work, self-reliance, and perseverance." He is a former chairman of the National Governors' Association, the Education Commission of the States and the Midwestern Governors' Conference. Secretary Thompson also served in the Wisconsin National Guard and the Army Reserve. He received both his B.S. and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Joining Secretary Thompson at Akin Gump as counsel is Ladd Wiley. Mr. Wiley previously served as counselor to Secretary Thompson at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Before assuming that post, he served as the secretary's principal deputy general counsel and, during Secretary Thompson's tenure as governor of Wisconsin, as his chief legal counsel. Mr. Wiley received his B.A. from Cornell College in Iowa and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
R. Bruce McLean, Akin Gump's chairman, stated, "Over the course of an extraordinarily productive career in public service, Secretary Thompson has been one of the leading contributors to the nation's dialogue on issues involving health, welfare and education, among others. Although we expect Secretary Thompson to contribute in many ways to our firm, he will be focusing on helping us to develop a multidisciplinary health and life science practice in coordination with a team of partners from our health, litigation, corporate, regulatory and policy practices. He has developed a reputation for creativity and boldness that is nearly unmatched. We are extremely pleased that Secretary Thompson has decided to join our firm."
John Bigalke, a vice chairman of Deloitte & Touche USA and managing partner of its Life Sciences & Health Care industry group added, "I am excited about the prospect of combining the resources of industry-leading life science and health practices with the insights and advice that Secretary Thompson brings to create a transforming vision for private and public sectors. There are pressing issues to be addressed and I believe, working with Secretary Thompson, solutions will be achieved that can have a lasting effect on behalf of our clients."
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