IRVING, Texas, April 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HMS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:HMSY) today announced the appointment of Meredith Bjorck as EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary; and David Alexander as VP, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer. Both will report to Chairman and CEO, Bill Lucia.
“Meredith’s extensive experience in public company matters, corporate governance, and M&A, combined with David’s deep understanding of the healthcare regulatory environment, will add significant talent to our executive team,” said Lucia. “Both Meredith and David possess the experience and strategic acumen to help guide our efforts to advance our cost containment and analytics solutions for healthcare payers—through both internal innovation and acquisition.”
Bjorck joins the company from Tuesday Morning Corporation, where she served as SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, responsible for establishing its first legal department, which has over 750 retail locations and approximately 9,000 employees. She also played a key leadership role in advising the Board of Directors and CEO through a complex turnaround effort. Previously, Bjorck served as Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary for CEC Entertainment, Inc., advising senior leadership on a broad range of corporate matters, including corporate and securities laws, international transactions, litigation, labor and employment, complex commercial transactions, and intellectual property. At Vinson & Elkins LLP and Fulbright & Jaworksi LLP, Bjorck represented public and private companies in connection with securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions valued in excess of $6 billion. Her legal department at Tuesday Morning was recognized by Texas Lawyer as Legal Department of the Year in 2014. In 2013 Bjorck was named an Outstanding General Counsel by D CEO Magazine and in 2010 the Dallas Business Journal named her Best Corporate Counsel, Rising Star. She holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Southern Methodist University and a J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law.
Alexander joins HMS from Alcon Laboratories, where he served as Head, US and Canada Integrity and Compliance, and Director of Global Integrity & Compliance, Pharmaceuticals. In his most recent role, he oversaw the development of compliance policies, monitoring programs and training for pharmaceutical and medical device businesses representing $4.5 billion in annual revenue. He was previously Regional Attorney for Pfizer, Inc., serving as the legal business partner for the company’s Primary Care South and Oncology Business Units, where he worked on fraud and abuse matters, policy development, and compliance training. He also served as an Associate at DLA Piper LLP and K&L Gates LLP. Alexander completed a federal clerkship with the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
About HMS Holdings Corp.
HMS Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides coordination of benefits and payment integrity services for payers. The Company serves state Medicaid programs; health plans, including Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and group and individual health lines of business; federal government health agencies, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Veterans Health Administration; government and private employers; and other healthcare payers and sponsors, including child support agencies. As a result of the Company's services, customers recover billions of dollars annually and save billions more through the prevention of improper payments.