Healthcare DIVE April 7, 2021
Rebecca Pifer

Dive Brief:

  • UnitedHealth Group has named longtime executive Brian Thompson as the new chief executive officer of its health benefits business, UnitedHealthcare, the biggest private payer in the U.S.
  • Thompson, who joined UnitedHealth in 2004, was most recently CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s government business, including its Medicare & Retirement and Community & State divisions.
  • It’s a major personnel announcement from newly minted UnitedHealth CEO Andrew Witty, who took the reins in February following the retirement of Dave Wichmann. Thompson is replacing Dirk McMahon, who was CEO of UnitedHealthcare since June 2019 and was elevated to UnitedHealth’s chief operating officer as part of that leadership shakeup.

Dive Insight:

UnitedHealthcare is a major business of UnitedHealth, contributing $200 billion of the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based...

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