by Jasmine Batchelor
December 14, 2017
Chief Executive Officer,
WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Ken was named CEO of WellCare Health Plans in January 2015. He leads the company in its mission to provide quality, cost-effective healthcare solutions for the company’s members, providers and government customers.
Ken joined WellCare as president, national health plans, in January 2014. He was promoted to president and chief operating officer in June 2014 and was named a member of the board of directors in December 2014.
During his 38-year career in healthcare, Ken spent 14 years as an executive with UnitedHealth Group, rising through positions of increasing responsibility, including senior vice president, national underwriting, CEO of UnitedHealthcare and CEO of the company’s Secure Horizon retail Medicare business. He began his career at Cigna where he spent 15 years in various underwriting, sales and marketing roles.
Throughout his career, Ken has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the board of directors of the United Way in both Minneapolis and Phoenix. He currently serves as the 2020 board chair-elect for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national trade association representing the health insurance community, and board chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s oldest one-to-one youth mentoring organization.
Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Amherst College and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law