Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Jonathan Kraft Named Chair of the Massachusetts General Hospital Board of Trustees, Carl Martignetti and Diane Patrick Elected Vice Chairs

BOSTON – The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Board of Trustees has announced three new leadership appointments, effective Oct. 1. Jonathan Kraft has been named chair of the 18-member board, which provides strategic direction and oversight to hospital leaders. He succeeds Cathy Minehan, who has chaired the board for more than a decade. Carl Martignetti and Diane Patrick will serve as vice chairs.

“The MGH is extremely fortunate to have such an incredible group of leaders – past and present – who help to support and nurture our hospital,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “For the past 10 years, Cathy has so generously given her wisdom, expertise, insights and time, and we are deeply grateful to her for her exceptional contributions. We also look forward to working closely with Jonathan, whose extensive knowledge of business and management coupled with his exceptional leadership ability, his commitment to the health and well-being of our local communities, and his loyalty to and deep support of the MGH mission will serve our hospital well in the coming years.”


Jonathan Kraft, president of The Kraft Group – a private holding company involved in the packaging and paper industry, sports and entertainment, and real estate and venture investment – has been a member of the MGH board since 2010. Kraft serves as president of the NFL’s six-time world champion New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. A graduate of Williams College, where he served a 12-year term on the Board of Trustees, Kraft earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and is a member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors there. He also serves on the Partners HealthCare Board of Directors and its Finance Committee. 


Carl Martignetti, president of Martignetti Companies, joined the MGH Board of Trustees in 2013. He has served on the MGH President’s Council since its inception in 2003 and has been chair of the group since 2011. He also is co-chair of the MGH’s capital campaign and is a member of the Partners HealthCare Board of Directors. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.


Diane Patrick, senior counsel at Ropes & Gray, LLP, has been an MGH trustee since 2016 and serves on the Partners Board of Directors. She has worked at Harvard University, first in the Office of General Counsel then as the associate vice president of Human Resources. A graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York and Loyola Law School, she is the former first lady of Massachusetts.


Cathy Minehan has been an MGH trustee since 2002 and became its chair in 2008. She also is a member of the Partners HealthCare Board of Directors. Minehan served for 39 years with the Federal Reserve System, including as president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee – which sets U.S. interest rate policy – for 13 years. Minehan was dean of the School of Management at Simmons College from 2011 to 2016. She graduated from the University of Rochester, where she is on the Board of Trustees, and she earned her MBA from New York University.

“I am truly humbled by the opportunity to chair the board of this amazing institution and follow Cathy Minehan’s leadership from which I have learned so much,” Kraft said. “I have the privilege of regularly visiting the MGH campus and I’m always in awe of the amazing people that make up the MGH team of caregivers. Their focus on providing world-class care to the hospital’s patients with warmth and empathy is extraordinary and the medical advances that come from the work of our scientists are truly the best in the world.”

Scott Sperling, chair of the Board of Directors at Partners HealthCare, praised Kraft as an “extraordinary business leader and community advocate” whose skills and passion will help the MGH and Partners continue to be the global leader in world-class clinical care, medical education and cutting-edge life science. He also commended Minehan for her dedication and commitment to MGH patients and the Boston community. “Cathy’s decades of leadership and public service helped her not only maintain Mass General as one of the world’s leading hospitals, but also to be a driving force behind our efforts to integrate the many great assets of the Partners system,” Sperling said. “The resulting benefits of this work greatly advanced patient care and fueled life science innovation.”

Minehan reflected on her years as chair of the MGH Board. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to chair the board of the Massachusetts General Hospital,” she said. “I have learned so much from the leadership of Mass General and Partners, and from the incredible group of civic leaders who have made up the board over these years. But more than anything, I have been constantly amazed by the dedication of everyone at MGH to the care of patients, to the excellent research that improves that care, to the education of the next generation of leaders in medicine, and to the care of the communities the hospital serves. I am confident that under Jonathan’s wise leadership, this mission-driven excellence will be sustained and grow.”

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About Massachusetts General Hospital

Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital, is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The 1,035-bed academic medical center each year admits more than 50,000 patients, records more than 1.7 million outpatient visits at its main campus and health centers, sees nearly 110,000 patients in its Emergency Department and delivers nearly 3,900 babies. The largest nongovernment employer in Boston, the MGH has more than 26,000 employees, including more than 5,000 nurses and nearly 3,000 physicians. MGH is home to the nation’s largest hospital-based research program, the MGH Research Institute, with an annual budget of more than $925 million and more than 8,500 scientists working across 30 institutes, centers and departments. For more information about the MGH visit www.massgeneral.org.

Michael Morrison, mdmorrison@mgh.harvard.edu, 617-724-6425

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