PpoNEXT Inc. says James Pennington is the new president of the company.

Pennington, who has been executive vice president of ppoNEXT, Dallas, since June 2005, has succeeded Jack Williams, who has retired.

Pennington began working for the health provider network company in early 2004.

Earlier, Pennington was president of USI Administrators Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, a benefit plan administrator.

Pennington has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in safety management from West Virginia University.