(GLENDALE, Ariz. – July 13, 2022) — Delta Dental of Arizona is pleased to announce the election of its president and chief executive officer Michael Jones to Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), the state’s premier CEO business roundtable. Jones joins fellow newly elected members in Viavi Solutions president and CEO Oleg Khaykin, Meritage Homes CEO Phillippe Lord and Willmeng Construction CEO James Murphy.
“Greater Phoenix Leadership’s mission is to improve Arizona by bringing together talent, resources, and leadership to create action on priority issues,” said Jones. “Delta Dental of Arizona is similarly focused on bringing together talent, resources and leadership to create action to improve oral health and access to oral health care across Arizona. I look forward to being an active member of GPL to help create actions that affect positive change on a statewide level, both to benefit our members and the community at large.”
Jones is also the president of the charitable Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, which provides much needed funding, education and dental supplies to those in need across the state. To date, Delta Dental of Arizona, through its Foundation, has given more than $15 million toward these efforts. Jones works closely with the corporate and Foundation boards of directors and the executive leadership team to create and leverage partnerships that strengthen Delta Dental of Arizona’s ability to meet current and evolving market demands while remaining true to its mission of improving lives by promoting optimal oral health.
In addition to new members, GPL elected CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Pam Kehaly as Chair, SRP CEO Michael Hummel as Vice-Chair, Snell & Wilmer Phoenix firm chair Matthew Feeney as Treasurer and Emerging Airport Ventures CEO Gonzalo de la Melena as Secretary. Re-elected to their third three-year terms are MAP Strategies president and CEO Mi-Ai Parrish, Urias Strategies president Lisa Urias, Lewis & Roca managing partner Ken Van Winkle, and re-elected to their second three-year terms are Banner Health CEO Peter Fine, Goodman’s Interior Structures CEO Adam Goodman, Sundt Construction CEO Mike Hoover and Valor Global CEO Simer Mayo.
“This is a terrific team of leaders, and we are grateful for their willingness to serve,” said Neil Giuliano, GPL president and CEO. “With significant individual and collective community engagement, they will provide thoughtful direction and strategic vision for strengthening the business advocacy voice of GPL and our role in helping guide and strengthen the future of Arizona.”
About Delta Dental of Arizona
Delta Dental of Arizona is the leading dental benefits provider in Arizona, serving more than 1.3 million enrollees and more than 3,500 contracted dentists across the state. Passionate about oral health and its importance to generations of families, Delta Dental of Arizona has worked for 50 years to improve oral health by emphasizing preventive care and making dental coverage accessible to a wide variety of employers, groups, and individuals. Since 2010, Delta Dental of Arizona, through its Foundation, gave $15 million to support oral health education and disease prevention programs for underserved and uninsured communities across the state. For more information about Delta Dental of Arizona, visit www.deltadentalaz.com.