Kenneth Burdick Brings Extensive Healthcare Leadership Expertise to New Role
Orlando, FL (Vocus) January 13, 2010 -- Connextions Inc. today announced the appointment of Kenneth A. Burdick to its Board of Directors. Mr. Burdick is a transformational health insurance leader with an outstanding record of management and fiscal performance with the nation’s most respected insurers, including UnitedHealth Group, Travelers and CIGNA.
His extensive experience includes several Chief Executive Officer positions during his tenure at insurance giant UnitedHealth Group, including Ovations’ Secure Horizons, the company’s large Medicare business; UnitedHealthcare, where he had full accountability for its multi-billion-dollar commercial business; UnitedHealthcare’s seven-state Southwest Region, where he led the business to double-digit annualized earnings growth; and UnitedHealthcare of Arizona, where he built the highest profit margin in the nation for the insurer. He also served as President of UnitedHealthcare Public Sector, where he built a national cross-functional business unit to enter a new space for the company. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of National Underwriting and SVP of Sales and Client Relations for MetraHealth/Travelers. He also held key underwriting, marketing, sales and finance positions at CIGNA.
In response to his appointment to the Connextions board, Mr. Burdick said, “I am pleased to be associated with a top performing company such as Connextions, which has established a leadership position in the healthcare space by helping insurers build their consumer-direct capabilities and brand loyalty through nimble, innovative solutions.”
In announcing the appointment, Connextions Inc. Chairman and CEO Jack LeFort said, “We feel very fortunate to welcome Ken Burdick to our Board. He will provide the clear perspective of a health and public sector industry veteran and expert. His appointment is consistent with our plan to continue our strong momentum and market penetration as the leader in revenue-driving outsourced business process, technology and Exchange solutions, particularly in the health insurance industry.”
Mr. Burdick earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1985.
In addition to his new position on the Connextions Board, Mr. Burdick serves on the boards of Embark Healthcare and AT Still University Medical School.
He is also involved in non-profit and community organizations, including United Way of Greater Twin Cities in Minneapolis, Minn., where he serves on its board, and is a past board member of the Valley of the Sun in Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Burdick, a long-time proponent of early childhood education initiatives, was appointed by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano to Chairman of the Board of the Arizona Early Education Funds. He also chaired the Greater Phoenix Leadership Education Committee and was a keynote speaker at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., for the 2007 Partnership for America’s Economic Success National Conference.
Connextions successfully provides professional and contact center services and technology that drive revenue at every touch point for some of the nation's best companies. Our US-based contact center staff of 3,000 acquire, retain and service our clients’ customers (both B2B and B2C) through calls, web interactions, chat, text and email. On an annual basis we: Generate $2.3 Billion in revenue for a single client; Write more than $1.1 billion in insurance premium; Handle more than 34 million calls and over 3.6 million chat transactions. Connextions is a privately held company and part of the New Mountain Partners II, L.P. portfolio, a private equity fund sponsored and managed by Manhattan-based New Mountain Capital LLC. See www.connextions.com.
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