NU Online News Service, Feb. 4, 2004, 5:22 p.m. EST – Destiny Health, Oak Brook, Ill., has replaced its president.[@@]

The defined contribution health plan company has hired J. Scott Spiker to succeed Ken Linde as head of the company.

Linde will stay on as a member of the Destiny board, and Adrian Gore, the chairman of Destiny, will continue to be the chairman, Destiny says.

Destiny Health is a unit of Discovery Health Pty. Ltd., Sandton, South Africa, that now has partnerships to sell defined contribution health plans through partnerships with Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York, and Tufts Health Plan, Waltham, Mass.

Spiker previously was president of Stanton Group, Plymouth, Minn., a benefits consulting group that has grown rapidly through acquisitions. Before Spiker began working for Stanton Group, he was president of Definity Health, Minneapolis, a defined contribution health plan company. He also has served as a navigator aboard a frigate in the U.S. Navy.

Spiker has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in business from the University of Chicago.