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Harden Named MedBen CEO

05/17/18

  06:37:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 355 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News, MedBen Employees

Harden Named MedBen CEO

Kurt Harden

Medical Benefits Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MedBen) is pleased to announce that at the Annual Meeting of the insurance and health benefits management company’s Board of Directors on May 17, President Kurt Harden was elected to serve as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as well. The Board also announced that current Chairman and CEO Doug Freeman has been named Executive Chairman.

Freeman praised the Board’s decision and Harden’s ascendancy to CEO. “Kurt has been a driving force with MedBen for over 25 years, and his leadership has been vital to our growth during that period. I can think of no better person to guide this company going forward,” he said.

As CEO, Harden will direct the company's daily operations and oversee the performance and promotion of its numerous service offerings, which include third party administration, worksite wellness (MedBen WellLiving), and bundled payment services (MedBen Analytics).

“I’m honored to be entrusted with this responsibility, and in my role as MedBen CEO I look forward to continue working with the great team we’ve assembled here to provide the best service available,” Harden said. “Together, we’ll build on our successes while finding new ways to innovate benefits management solutions for our clients.”

Freeman noted that these changes coincide with a significant benchmark in the company’s history. “MedBen just celebrated its 80th anniversary earlier this month, so it’s fitting that this should happen as we prepare for the next chapter in our story,” he said.

Harden joined MedBen in May 1991 as Director of Public Affairs, and was named Vice President of External Affairs two years later. Prior to being named President in 2012, he served as Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President, as well as Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer.

In Freeman’s new position, he will be responsible for the company’s financial affairs and overall strategic direction. Freeman accepted the position of MedBen President in 1987, and has served as Chairman since 2012.

“Doug’s vision has really made MedBen what it is today, so it’s great that he will continue to lend his expertise to our future goals,” Harden said.

The Newark, Ohio-based company has provided group health benefits management services since 1938.

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