Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, who resigned in February, has joined the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner, and will become the independent chair of the Deloitte Center for Health Care Management and Transformation. He will also join Logistics Health Inc. as president. Public sector and health care issues, naturally enough, are the common factor in all three positions. The Deloitte Center, which Thompson will help establish, is designed as a sort of health care think tank and solution developer that will focus on public health management. At Akin Gump, he will focus on developing the firm's multidisciplinary health and life science practice. Logistics Health is a Wisconsin-based provider of medical readiness and homeland security solutions. Thompson told the Wisconsin State Journal that he would spend about 70 percent of his time at Akin Gump and Deloitte. "I am very happy to welcome Secretary Thompson to Deloitte & Touche USA," Deloitte chief executive James Quigley said in a statement. "The secretary's understanding, insight and expertise regarding health care and public sector issues will enrich the services and perspective offered in these areas." "He has been a major force on the front lines, and I highly value that experience and what it can mean for clients," Quigley added. Before his appointment to the HHS in 2001, Thompson enjoyed a long career in Wisconsin politics, including four terms as governor.

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