VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Sept. 23, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- AMERIGROUP Corporation (NYSE: AGP) today announced the hiring of two experienced executives to lead the Company in key management positions: Timothy F. McDonald, MBA joins AMERIGROUP as Senior Vice President, Strategic Market Initiatives, while Tara J. Wall has been named Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications.
"Tim McDonald and Tara Wall are two outstanding executives who have distinguished themselves as dedicated professionals and forward-thinkers," said James G. Carlson, AMERIGROUP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "At this unprecedented time in our industry, with the nation so keenly focused on solutions for health reform, we believe that Tim and Tara are uniquely qualified to solidify our role as a pioneer in caring for those who need a little help. Tara will help us to spread the news of the great work we perform, while Tim will see to it that our business model and vision stay stronger than ever."
McDonald will report directly to Carlson and be responsible for identifying new ventures, capabilities and technologies for the Company. Prior to joining AMERIGROUP, McDonald was an independent consultant, providing marketing, business development and strategic planning consulting services to national healthcare companies, including AMERIGROUP, as well as investing in healthcare services and health IT firms. His previous experience in the healthcare industry includes senior corporate marketing and business development roles at UnitedHealth Group, where he helped launch what are now the Company's Ovations and Uniprise operating divisions. Earlier in his career, he was the senior marketing executive at Value Health, a provider of specialty managed care programs including a pharmacy benefit manager which was sold to Express Scripts. A graduate of Princeton University, McDonald earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
In her role as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Wall will report to Executive Vice President, External Relations John Littel and oversee the Company's communications efforts, including strategy and implementation, both from a corporate role and in the 11 states where AMERIGROUP operates. A recognized national political/policy analyst, commentator and speaker, she possesses nearly 20 years of combined print, broadcast and public affairs experience. Prior to joining AMERIGROUP, she served as Deputy Editorial Page Editor and Columnist, News Anchor and Analyst for The Washington Times. In addition, Wall served as a political contributor for CNN, appearing regularly throughout the network's Presidential coverage. Previously, she worked as Director of Communications for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding and earlier as Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Ms. Wall also has served as Senior Adviser and Director of Outreach Communications for the Republican National Committee, overseeing strategic messaging operations. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Wall began her career as a radio reporter, television newscaster, executive producer and host in the Detroit and St. Louis areas.
About AMERIGROUP Corporation
AMERIGROUP Corporation and its subsidiaries help those on publicly funded healthcare programs by ensuring that these individuals enter an organized system of care and a true medical home. Serving approximately 1.7 million members in 11 states nationwide, AMERIGROUP accepts all eligible people regardless of age, sex, race or disability. The company's product offerings do not utilize any individual underwriting nor deny coverage due to pre-existing medical conditions. AMERIGROUP is dedicated to offering real solutions that improve healthcare access and quality for its members, while proactively working to reduce the overall cost of care to taxpayers. For more information and real story examples of these solutions, please visit www.amerigroupcorp.com.
CONTACTS: Investors: Julie Loftus Trudell AMERIGROUP Corporation Senior Vice President, Investor Relations (757) 321-3597 News Media: Tara Wall AMERIGROUP Corporation Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications (757) 518-3671
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