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The chief executive officer (CEO) of Humana Inc. now has a likely successor.

Humana, Louisville, Ky. (NYSE:HUM), says Bruce Broussard will take over as president of the company in December.

Mike McCallister, who is now president, chairman and CEO, hopes to retire as CEO within about 18 months and hand the CEO title over to Broussard, the company says.

Humana directors have been thinking about appointing a president who would be part of the long-term succession planning process for more than a year, McCallister says in a statement about the move.

“Bruce Broussard brings significant CEO experience in the health industry to Humana along with superb operational and financial leadership skills,” McCallister says.

Broussard, 49, is the former CEO of US Oncology Inc., the Woodlands, Texas, a company acquired by McKesson Inc., San Francisco, in December 2010.

McCallister, 59, has been Humana’s CEO for 11 years.

Humana also is promoting James Murray, the chief operating officer (COO), to executive vice president and COO.

TEETH

Marketing experts from Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, have found that Hispanic U.S. residents tend to know less about oral health than members of the general population.

The company – the parent of the Crest toothpaste and Oral-B toothbrush businesses – has reported that finding in a summary of results from a recent survey of about 1,000 Hispanic adults and about 1,000 adults from the general population who live in the continental United States.

Company representatives presented the results this week in San Diego, at the annual meeting of the Hispanic Dental Association, Springfield, Ill.

The marketers found that only 51% of the Hispanic adults disagreed with the statement that, “A little bleeding when brushing is normal,” compared with 72% of the members of the general population.

Similarly, only 54% of the Hispanic participants said they understood that poor oral health may be linked to other health problems, compared with 77% of the general population participants.

BELL RINGER

Representatives from Unum Group Corp., Chattanooga, Tenn. (NYSE:UNM), today celebrated the 25th anniversary of the company’s appearance on the New York Stock Exchange as a public company by ringing the bell that closes the trading day.

Unum was founded in 1849 and went public in November 1986.