Centene shakes up management to target growth and innovation


Centene shakes up management to target growth and innovation

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Centene Corporation has revealed a new organizational structure and appointment of several key executives. The changes align with the company's strategic objectives to further its growth, innovation and global presence.

Cynthia Brinkley, currently executive vice president (EVP) of global corporate development, has been appointed president and chief operating officer (COO). Brinkley joined Centene in 2014 as EVP of international operations and business integration and was directly responsible for the successful integration of Health Net.

Most recently, she oversaw the company's corporate development, specialized and international markets, and government relations.

Jesse Hunter, EVP of products, has been named EVP of mergers & acquisitions and chief strategy officer. Hunter joined Centene in 2002, and has held multiple positions of increasing responsibility in healthcare finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate development and operations.

Mark Brooks has been appointed EVP and chief information officer (CIO). Brooks joined Centene in 2016 as senior vice president and CIO, with responsibilities for development and implementation of all information technology and systems for Centene. Prior to joining Centene, he served as CIO for Health Net, the publicly traded managed care organization that became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene on March 24, 2016.

Kevin Counihan has been appointed senior vice president of products. Counihan joined Centene in 2017 as regional vice president of markets. Prior to that, he was the CEO of healthcare.gov and oversaw the state and federal insurance exchanges in President Obama's administration.

Brinkley, Hunter and Brooks will continue to report to chairman and chief executive officer Michael Neidorff. Counihan will report to Brinkley.

"These well-deserved appointments are a testament to the strong caliber of our team and reflect our commitment to building strong leaders from within our organization," Neidorff said.

"Over the past two years, Centene has more than doubled its market capitalization following landmark transactions and growth initiatives. This enhanced leadership structure is an appropriate step as we continue to grow Centene and achieve even higher levels of performance in driving value for members, partners and shareholders."

Centene, Appointment, Michael Neidorff, Cynthia Brinkley, Jesse Hunter, Mark Brooks, Kevin Counihan, US