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Former Tenn. finance chief Emkes joins CCA board

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America has named former Tennessee finance chief Mark Emkes to its board of directors.

Emkes, a former CEO of Nashville-based tire maker Bridgestone Americas, was one of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's highest-profile Cabinet choices following his 2010 election.

Emkes presided over three annual budget plans before retiring from state government last year.

CCA's chairman, John Ferguson, is also a former state finance commissioner who served in the administration of then-Gov. Don Sundquist form 1995 to 2000.

Ferguson, who was one of several Sundquist administration members who went on to join CCA, was named president and CEO of the Nashville-based company in 2000. He has been chairman of the board since 2008.

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