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Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS

Board Director

Dr. Richard Carmona has served as a member of Better’s board of directors since 2017. Dr. Carmona has been Chief of Health Innovations of Canyon Ranch Inc., a life-enhancement company, since August 2017. He previously served as Vice Chairman of Canyon Ranch, Chief Executive Officer of the Canyon Ranch health division, and President of the nonprofit Canyon Ranch Institute from October 2006 to August 2017. He is the first distinguished Professor of Public Health at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining Canyon Ranch, Dr. Carmona served as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States from 2002 through 2006, achieving the rank of Vice Admiral. Previously, he was Chairman of the State of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical System, a Professor of Surgery, Public Health, and Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona, and Surgeon and Deputy Sheriff of the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department. Dr. Carmona served in the United States Army and the Army’s Special Forces. Dr. Carmona serves as a Director of the Clorox Company (2007 to present), Axon Enterprise, Inc. (formerly Taser International, 2007 to present), Herbalife Ltd. (October 2013 to present) and McKesson Corporation (September 2021 to present). Dr. Carmona has dedicated his career of more than 50 years toward helping individual and public health in various positions including nurse, trauma surgeon, police officer, public health official, and combat-decorated Special Forces Vietnam veteran. Due to the depth and breadth of experience and knowledge that Dr. Carmona brings to the board of directors, we believe Dr. Carmona is well equipped to be a director of Better.