Mac Crawford

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Mac Crawford'

Former CEO, president and chairman of Nashville-based Caremark, a mail-order pharmaceutical and pharmacy benefits management company. In 1997, Mac Crawford became president and CEO of physician-practice management company MedPartners. When he joined MedPartners, it was struggling with operating losses and a high level of debt. It sold most of its physician-practice management companies to focus on pharmacy benefits management and changed its name to Caremark.


In 1998, Crawford became the company's CEO, president and chairman. He increased Caremark's revenues, paid off its debt and helped it acquire rival AdvancePCS. In 2007, Caremark merged with pharmacy CVS to become the Fortune 20 company CVSCaremark.


After leaving Caremark, Crawford became the co-founder and principal in 2008 of CrawfordSpalding Group, a business advisory and management services company whose services are based on Crawford's experience in turning around struggling companies.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Mac Crawford'

Born in 1949, Crawford earned his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Auburn University and began his career as an accountant with Arthur Young & Co. in 1971. He joined GTI in 1981 as its CFO, became CFO of Oxylance in 1985, became president of Mulberry Street Investment Company in 1986 and later became chairman, CEO and president of Charter Medical Corp., which he helped rescue from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In 1995, Crawford became chairman, CEO and president of Magellan Health Services when Charter purchased Magellan and took its name.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Chairman

    An executive elected by a company's board of directors that is ...
  2. Corporate Headquarters

    A place where a company's executive offices and executives' direct ...
  3. Corporate Action

    Any event that brings material change to a company and affects ...
  4. Health Savings Account - HSA

    An account created for individuals who are covered under high-deductible ...
  5. Board Of Directors - B Of D

    A group of individuals that are elected as, or elected to act ...
  6. Corporate Governance

    The system of rules, practices and processes by which a company ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How are Rupert Murdoch's holdings distributed?

    Rupert Murdoch owns a controlling share of News Corporation and over 750 different businesses. Some of the major brands he ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How did Bernard Baruch attain his wealth?

    Bernard Baruch obtained his fortune by investing in profitable stocks on Wall Street. Baruch is known as a legendary stock ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Why was Bernard Baruch known as the "Park Bench Statesman?"

    As someone who preferred to conduct his meetings in informal settings and was led by persuasion rather than pressure, Bernard ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How did Nathan Rothschild become a stock exchange speculator?

    Market maker Nathan Rothschild learned much of his financial savvy from his father, who dealt in coins and paper money. He ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What advice does Howard Schultz offer would-be business moguls?

    Starbucks CEO, billionaire and former sports tycoon Howard Schultz has several pieces of advice for would-be moguls and, ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Why did Howard Schultz leave Starbucks, only to return eight years later?

    Howard Schultz left Starbucks in 2000 due to exhaustion from growing Starbucks from a regional coffee chain to a global company ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Insurance

    Health Insurance Tips For College Students

    Why buy for health insurance when your parents' policy can cover you? Read on to avoid paying twice.
  2. Home & Auto

    Fighting The High Costs Of Healthcare

    If your employer is cutting medical benefits, a health savings account may be right for you.
  3. Home & Auto

    Concierge Healthcare: The Pros and Cons Of Having A Doctor On Call

    Concierge healthcare can mean extra attention from your doctor when you need it, but it isn't the best substitute for health insurance.
  4. Fundamental Analysis

    Evaluating Pharmaceutical Companies

    Learn how to find a healthy pharmaceutical investment in a market full of weak drugs.
  5. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Evaluating A Company's Management

    Financial statements don't tell you everything about a company's health. Investigate the management behind the numbers!
  6. Home & Auto

    How To Avoid Medical Debt

    Find out what you can do to avoid a financial meltdown when there's a medical emergency.
  7. Retirement

    Failing Health Could Drain Your Retirement Savings

    You may not be able to prevent illness, but it doesn't have to infect your savings.
  8. Investing

    PayPal Vs. Venmo: Function versus Fun

    PayPal and Venmo are both great services depending on what the customer wants.
  9. Investing Basics

    Why These Are the Most Valuable Brands of 2015

    A company's brand can be worth billions of dollars. Here are the most valuable global brands in 2015.
  10. Investing Basics

    The Most Successful Corporations In The U.S.

    These five iconic American brands epitomize corporate success.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  2. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
  3. Unfair Claims Practice

    The improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of the claim. By engaging in unfair claims ...
  4. Killer Bees

    An individual or firm that helps a company fend off a takeover attempt. A killer bee uses defensive strategies to keep an ...
  5. Sin Tax

    A state-sponsored tax that is added to products or services that are seen as vices, such as alcohol, tobacco and gambling. ...
  6. Grandfathered Activities

    Nonbank activities, some of which would normally not be permissible for bank holding companies and foreign banks in the United ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!