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Kerri Balbone to Run Health Net of California: Personnel Moves

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Health Net — an arm of Centene Corp. — has hired Kerri Balbone to be the chief operating officer for Health Net of California and California Health & Wellness.

Balbone previously was the chief operating officer of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California.

She has been, and still is, a public safety commissioner for the city of West Hollywood, California.

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Balbone took over from Bob O’Brien, who is retiring.

Brian Ternan continues to be president and chief executive officer of Health Net of California and California Health & Wellness. Health Net has about 3 million enrollees in California.

Balbone has a bachelor’s degree in health systems management from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in business from Sacred Heart University.

She got her start in health insurance as an operations manager at Oxford Health Plans.

She’s been working in health insurance in California since 2007.

In other personnel moves:

Protective Life Corp., Birmingham, Alabama, has hired Doyle Williams to be senior vice president, distribution companies.

Williams will oversee Protective’s three distribution companies: ProEquities, Protective Distributors and First Protective Insurance Group.

Williams has a bachelor’s degree in business from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in business

Williams previously was chief enterprise strategy consultant for Country Financial Group. He is an LL Global board member.

Libet Anderson, who has been the interim president at ProEquities, will become president of ProEquities.

She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Middlebury College.

Anderson is a board member for the Investments & Wealth Institute, and for Magic Moments, a wish-granting organization focused on helping children in Alabama with chronic illnesses.

IPipeline, Exton, Pennsylvania — a life insurance and financial services software company — has hired Kevin Baer to be chief people officer.

Baer previously was a founding partner at Mpact Leadership Coaching.

He also has been an executive at Continental Airlines Travel University,, Corestaff Staffing, and Sales Performance International.

He has a bachelor’s degree in education and communications from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

AdminaHealth, Greenwich, Connecticut — a company that provides employee benefits premium billing services through the internet — has hired Joan Asher to be chief operating officer.

Asher previously was the founding director of Paragon Fund Services.

She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fairfield University, and she’s on the advisory board for EndowBridge Capital and Harness All Possibilities.

Aegon Asset Management, a Chicago-based arm of Aegon N.V., has hired Anne Coupe to be global head of consultant relations and global financial institutions.

Coupe previously was a managing director at BMO Global Asset Management

Coupe has a bachelor’s degree in American government and politics from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business from Duke University.

Zing Health, Chicago, has hired Mete Sahin to be its chief financial officer.

Zing is a Medicare Advantage plan that’s led by physicians.

Sahin previously was the CFO at Advance Health, which merged with CenseoHealth in 2018 to form Signify Health.

He also has been the CFO of XLHealth Corp., a Medicare Advantage special needs plan operator.

He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a master’s degree from the University of Surrey in England.

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