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MedBen Names Freeman Chairman, Harden President

05/18/12

  04:10:01 pm, by MedBen5   , 423 words,  
Categories: Announcements, News

MedBen Names Freeman Chairman, Harden President

Doug Freeman

Doug Freeman, previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Medical Benefits Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MedBen), was elected Chairman of the Board and CEO of the health benefits management company at a meeting of its Board of Directors on May 17. Kurt Harden, previously Executive Vice President, has been named President, Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer.

Freeman succeeds Art Morrow, who has served on the MedBen Board since 1978 and as its Chairman since 1987. “Under Doug’s leadership, MedBen has grown from an established group health insurer to an innovative benefits manager offering a wide range of services,” said the former Chairman, who will remain on the Board as Secretary and General Counsel.

“These changes are part of a succession plan put in place several years ago and I believe make it clear that MedBen plans to have continued growth and even greater success in the future, “Morrow added. ”The company turns 75 years old next year and we’re all hoping for another 75.”

Prior to becoming Chairman, Freeman served as MedBen’s President and CEO since 1987. “Continuity is critical”, said Freeman. “We want our clients to know we’re here for them for the long run.”

Freeman emphasized that while the titles may have changed, the principal roles really haven’t. “Kurt remains primarily responsible for our product and service offerings, from sale through administration, although he’ll operate with more autonomy. And, of course, our roles will evolve over the next several years.”

Kurt Harden

Harden joined MedBen in May 1991 as Director of Public Affairs, and was named Vice President of External Affairs two years later. In 2002, he was named Senior Vice President, and promoted to Executive Vice President, COO and Treasurer in 2011.

“Kurt joined MedBen at a pivotal time in the company’s history, as we were making the transition from traditional insurance to community-focused health care plans, as well as third party administration,” Freeman said. “His business insight and creative spirit have been vital to everything we have accomplished in the past two decades.”

MedBen presently offers a variety of benefits management offerings, including fully-insured and self-funded options, consumer-driven health plans and worksite wellness programs. The 2010 passage of federal health care reforms will mean new challenges for MedBen, but the company looks forward to facing them.

“We’ve never been a company to rest on our laurels,” Harden said. “So regardless of whatever regulatory changes arise, we’ll continue to operate with an eye on increasing service efficiency while lowering client costs.”

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

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