With more than 20 years of corrections experience, Damon Hininger was named President and Chief Executive Officer of CoreCivic in August 2009, having previously been appointed as President and Chief Operating Officer in July 2008. Hininger served as Senior Vice President of Federal and Local Customer Relations since September 2007 after having served as Vice President of Federal and Local Customer Relations since June 2002. Hininger previously served CoreCivic as Vice President, Business Analysis since December 2000. He has also served the company as Director, Strategic Planning and Director, Proposal Development. Hininger joined the company in 1992 as a correctional officer at Leavenworth Detention Center in Leavenworth, Kansas, and was promoted to Training Manager at Central Arizona Detention Center in 1994. That same year, Hininger was also selected as both Central Arizona Detention Center's and CoreCivic's companywide Employee of the Year. He joined the corporate office in 1995, serving as Manager, Facility Start Up for three years.
Hininger is active in the community, currently serving as a member of the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville Board of Trustees, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Trustees for Belmont University, and a member of the Board of Directors for Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts. He also serves on the Kansas State Foundation Board of Trustees and the Board of Advisors for the Massey School of Business at Belmont University. In 2011, Hininger was named by Forbes as one of the "Top 20 Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under."
Hininger earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and a master's of business administration from the Jack Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University. He was honored in 2010 as the Massey Graduate School Alumni of the Year.