GT Independence Expands Executive Team
By: Mike Stiles - Saturday, August 21, 2021

(top, left to right) Megan Owen and Cindy Desch (bottom) Jeremy Gump (photos courtesy of GT Independence)

(STURGIS) – GT Independence has bolstered its leadership team with the promotion of three individuals to the executive team.

The three appointments represent the first order of business for new CEO Holly Carmichael, who assumed the role August 5. Carmichael named Megan Owen as Chief Operating Officer; Cindy Desch as Chief Talent Officer and Jeremy Gump as Chief Administrative Officer. All three assumed their new roles on Tuesday, and are actively working to support GT's operations that serve more than 22,000 individuals in 12 states.

Owen succeeds Carmichael as GT's Chief Operating Officer. She has worked alongside Carmichael for 10 years and is primed for the responsibility of formulating long-range objectives, plans and programs for the markets and business areas serving GT Independence. She will also develop and implement policies designed to improve customer experience and to use information technology resources for continual operational improvement.

Desch is stepping up to the role of Chief Talent Officer, a newly created position, and will oversee learning and development, employee engagement, culture and belonging, and stakeholder training resources. She will build on her work from the past 15 years, which has focused on the development and implementation of self-direction programs and the staff training involved.

Gump will be GT’s first Chief Administrative Officer and will be
responsible for managing the accounting, finance, compliance, quality, facilities, legal and personnel departments while providing deep regulatory, financial reporting and compliance expertise. He has a Certificate in Health Law and Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He also is the President of the Sturgis Hospital Board and the interim-Chief Executive Officer of the hospital.  


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