Lloyd H. Dean

Los Angeles, California

Lloyd H. Dean is a healthcare executive known for his innovative and transformational leadership style. He is currently the CEO Emeritus of CommonSpirit Health, one of the largest nonprofit health organizations in the United States, having previously served as its founding chief executive from the organization’s creation in 2019 until 2022. CommonSpirit Health was the result of a merger between Catholic Health Initiative and Dignity Health, with Dean having served as president and CEO of the latter from 2000 until 2019. Lloyd H. Dean is also a highly acclaimed public speaker.

Early life

Born in Alabama in 1950, Lloyd H. Dean was raised by a father who was a foundry worker and a mother who was a homemaker. After graduating from high school, he attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and earned a bachelor of sciences degree in sociology, as well as a master’s degree in education. 

Lloyd H. Dean entered the workforce in 1972, first as a paralegal assistant and then as a junior high school teacher. Later, he would become a professor, teaching communications courses at Western Michigan University. For a time, he was also a local news anchor on WOTV in Battle Creek, Michigan.


In 1978, Lloyd H. Dean was recruited to work at the pharmaceutical firm Upjohn Company, where he excelled. During the twelve years that followed, he climbed through Upjohn’s ranks, rising from assistant regional manager in the health care services division to executive vice-president of marketing and operations. 

In 1990, he moved to Illinois, spending the ensuing decade working for a series of companies in the healthcare industry, including Consumer Health Service, EHS Healthcare, and Advocate Healthcare. 

Lloyd H. Dean accepted an offer to serve as president and chief executive officer of Catholic Healthcare West—which later changed its name to Dignity Health—in the year 2000, a position he would hold for nearly two decades. Under his leadership, the organization prospered, eventually incorporating over 40 hospitals and 400 care centers in its network. Toward the end of Dean’s tenure at Dignity Health, the organization combined with Catholic Health Initiative to form a new entity called CommonSpirit Health, a process that Dean was instrumental in overseeing.

After the 2019 merger was successfully completed, Dean accepted the role of founding CEO of CommonSpirit Health, putting him at the head of a newly-formed organization worth $29 billion that serviced more than 139 hospitals, 1000 care sites, and 150,000 healthcare workers across 21 states. He would remain in that position until 2022 when he stepped back from daily duties and became the organization’s CEO Emeritus.

In the past, Lloyd H. Dean has served on the boards for companies such as McDonald’s Corp., Wells Fargo & Company, Progyny, Cytori Therapeutics Inc., and Navigant Consulting Inc. He has also served on the boards of many nonprofit entities, including as chair of the board of trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States; board chair of the Bay Area Council; board chair of the Committee for JOBS, an organization dedicated to finding new sources of employment for people living the San Francisco Bay Area; and board member for Mercy Housing California, a charitable organization that develops, finances, and operates affordable housing. 

A dynamic and engaging lecturer, Lloyd H. Dean has accepted invitations to speak at the World Economic Forum, the CleanMed Conference, the Aspen Institute, and the United Nations Climate Change Conference, among many others. He has also appeared on the Bloomberg television network.

Net Worth



Receiving the W.E. Upjohn Award for Management and Operation Excellence.
Being appointed to the California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004.
Receiving the 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Inc. Community Service Award in 2004, as well as the overall 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Inc. Award in 2005.
Being named to Modern Healthcare’s annual ‘100 Most Influential People in Healthcare’ list multiple times, starting in 2005.
Being profiled by Fortune Magazine for its January 2013 issue.
Receiving the CEO Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter in 2014.
Receiving the Mercy Housing Dignity Award for commitment to the causes of health and housing equity in 2022.
Becoming an inductee in the Bay Area Council’s Business Hall of Fame in 2022.
Receiving an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of San Francisco.
Consulting and collaborating with the Obama, Trump, and Biden Administrations on various issues related to health and medical care, including details surrounding the Affordable Care Act, as well as issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.