John Naylor will be the new president and chief executive officer of Medica Health Plans.
Naylor is taking the reins from David Tilford, who is retiring after 16 years as the chief executive, the Minnetonka, Minnesota-based company said Thursday.
Medica is a nonprofit health insurer that started out as a physician-run health plan in 1975. In 1994, Medica became part of Allina Health, a Minneapolis-based hospital and clinic operator. Allina split Medica off in 2001.
Tilford has been Medica’s leader since the company split off from Allina.
In 2001, Medica was serving enrollees in Minnesota and part of Wisconsin. Under Tilford’s leadership, Medica expanded into Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, the company said.
Naylor, the new company leader, has degrees in actuarial science and accounting from Drake University.
Naylor once ran the Minneapolis office of an actuarial consulting firm that’s now part of London-based Willis Towers Watson PLC. He joined Medica in 2010.
Naylor developed accountable care organization programs for several health care systems, the company said.
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