Carl S. Armato, who has been senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of Novant Health, will take over Jan. 1 from Paul M. Wiles, who is retiring, the non-profit regional healthcare operator announced.

“Wiles will be retiring after 41 years of dedicated service to the not-for-profit health system and to the hospitals and organizations that preceded the formation of Novant Health in 1997,” Novant said in announcing the change.

Armato has been with Novant for 13 years.

Wiles became president and CEO of Novant Health in 1997 when Carolina Medicorp and Forsyth Medical Center merged with Presbyterian Healthcare in Charlotte to form a new not-for-profit health system.

Novant has annual revenues of $3.5 billion.

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