Tenet Healthcare has appointed Howard Hacker as chief compliance officer, effective May 2. He will succeed Vanessa Benavides, who left Tenet to assume the leadership of compliance and privacy operations at Kaiser Permanente.

Hacker joins Tenet after more than a decade at Pfizer, where he served in various leadership roles within Pfizer’s legal and compliance teams. Most recently, he served as chief compliance counsel for Pfizer’s global established pharma business, overseeing its comprehensive global compliance program. Prior to Pfizer, Hacker worked for the law firms of Jones Day and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

In his new role, Hacker will provide expert management and oversight of the company’s ethics and compliance program as established by Tenet’s Quality, Compliance and Ethics Program Charter. This enterprise-wide compliance oversight includes 79 acute care hospitals and their affiliated outpatient facilities, over 700 physician practices, United Surgical Partners International, Conifer Health Solutions, and other services and functions within the company. Hacker will report directly to the quality, compliance and ethics c\ommittee of Tenet’s board of directors.