Southfield-based Beaumont Health’s board of directors has appointed Julie Fream board chair and Christopher Blake vice chair. The transition will take place in June as part of a normal governance leadership rotational process.
John Lewis will step down from his role as chair and will remain a member of the board until his term expires at the end of the year. Lewis and board members Steve Howard and Gersh Cooper were instrumental in establishing the founding governance structure of the health care system.
“We are so grateful for John Lewis’ service and commitment to Beaumont Health,” says John Fox, CEO of Beaumont. “Through his leadership, we were able to help create our health system. I’m confident Julie will be an effective and compassionate leader for Beaumont’s board.”
Fream has served as vice chair of the board since 2018. Lewis, Fream, and Blake were three of the founding 13 board members that joined to form the current structure of Beaumont Health in 2014.
“I am honored and humbled to accept the role as Beaumont’s next board chair,” Fream says. “Beaumont is a true gem in our community, and I will do whatever I can to help the organization continue to thrive so we can serve our patients for decades to come. One of my first goals will be to continue to increase the diversity on our board.”
Fream is president and CEO for the Original Equipment Suppliers Association. She previously held roles at Visteon, TRW, Ford Motor Co., and General Motors Co. She earned a Master of Business Administration for Harvard Business School after graduating with a chemical engineering degree from Michigan Technological University.
Blake is the founder, president, and owner of The Blake Co. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University.
“I want to thank my colleagues on the board and the Beaumont team for working so diligently to form Beaumont Health and for what has been accomplished over the past seven years by providing and expanding safe, high quality care for patients and families in our communities,” Lewis says. “In addition, we have expanded Beaumont’s footprint to serve even more people, for example building an extensive urgent care network and our soon-to-be opened mental health hospital. The pandemic has stressed our clinical teams, particularly on the front lines. However, Beaumont’s health care heroes have tremendous skill and compassion. As I continue to serve Beaumont Health, I have complete confidence in Julie’s abilities to lead the board moving forward.”