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Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees Elects New Leadership

ARLINGTON, Texas — The board of trustees of Texas Health Resources has elected North Texas business icons Leonard H. Roberts and Kerney Laday Sr. to serve two-year terms setting the strategic direction for the largest health care system in North Texas.

Leonard H. Roberts
Leonard H. Roberts

Roberts, retired former chairman, president and CEO of Radio Shack Corporation, was elected chairman. Laday, who retired as a senior vice president of Xerox Corp., was selected as vice chairman. Their terms became effective Jan. 1. The two are longtime members of the Texas Health board of trustees.

In addition to his renown in the world of retailing, Roberts has been recognized many times over for his leadership of and contributions to community service organizations. Texas Business magazine recognized him as one of the Top 25 most influential Texans in Technology in 2000.

In 2004, he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from Leadership Fort Worth. Also in 2004, the United Way System paid an unprecedented tribute to Roberts — recognizing his leadership as chairman of the United Way of America (2002-2004) in transforming the mission and vision of the entire movement to one built around creating powerful community impact.

In 2005, he was inducted into the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame, and in January 2006 he was inducted into the National Retailing Hall of Fame. Roberts currently serves on the boards of J.C. Penney and Rent-A-Center.

Kerney Laday Sr.
Kerney Laday Sr.

Laday is president of The Laday Company, a management consulting firm that he formed in 1997 after 26 years with Xerox Corporation, where he rose to be senior vice president of field operations. Laday also serves on the boards of TD Industries Inc., The Beck Group, 21st Century Group Fund and Rent-A-Center.

He is a Life Member of the board of directors of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and a member of The Dallas Together Forum.

“Texas Health Resources has been blessed for many years with the considerable talents of Len Roberts and Kerney Laday through their tireless service on the board of trustees,” said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health. “They’ve each served in various capacities on board committees and made significant contributions to shaping the organization that Texas Health is today. I look forward to continuing to rely on their wise counsel, the business acumen they bring to the table, and, most importantly, their passion for our mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.”

Roberts, as the new chairman, named the following trustees to head key board committees:

  • Anne Bass, Quality & Performance
  • Denny Holman, Facilities Development & Real Estate Subcommittee of the Finance Committee
  • Terry Kelley, Audit
  • Kerney Laday, Finance
  • James E. Oesterreicher, Compensation
  • Jimmy C. Payton Sr., People & Culture
  • Leonard H. Roberts, Governance
  • Wesley R. Turner, Strategic Planning & Development
  • Sam Walls, Investment Subcommittee of the Finance Committee

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. The Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint-venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

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