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Thomas Cigarran

Born:1943Status: Owner (Nashville Predators)
Hometown:USAKnown For:Co-founder and Director of AmSurg Corporation

Thomas Cigarran (born in 1943) is the co-founder, former chairman, president and CEO and Director of Healthways, Inc. He’s also a co-founder and former chairman, president and CEO and current Director of AmSurg Corporation, the nation’s largest outpatient surgery center company.

Tom Cigarran Nashville Predators
Tom Cigarran, Chairman & Governor, Nashville Predators (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/Getty Images)

While his business side has been in the healthcare industry, he is also very involved in Nashville’s education. He’s been the chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and was a founder and chairman of the Operating Board of Alignment Nashville, an organization that helps other organization plan events for public education.

Cigarran also led the Haiti Education Mission of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, chaired the advisory board of Vanderbilt’s Owen School’s Healthcare MBA Program, served on the boards of the Harpeth Hall School, Alive Hospice and the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee and served as chair of the Nashville Health Care Council.

Predators Under Ownership

Cigarran purchased the club in 2007 from now-Wild owner Craig Leipold. During his tenure, the ownership team has made many headlines, from purchasing shares of the team from a jailed investor to co-owners suing each other. Through the turmoil, the team is still worth $435 million (2020).

With Cigarran at the helm, the Predators have won two division titles, a Presidents’ Trophy in 2017-18 and reached the Stanley Cup Final once, although they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

Deeper Dive

Staff History

  • Nashville Predators (Franchise Owner) 2007-current
  • Nashville Predators (Chairman) 2009-2019