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Pacific Resources Gets a CEO and a President: Personnel Moves

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Pacific Resources Benefits Advisors says Chris Judd will be its new chief executive officer and Ken Vaughan will be its new president.

The Boston-based firm is an arm of Brown & Brown. It sells group life, group disability, group dental and other non-medical benefits.

(Related: Finseca Names Suzy Jacobs Chief Operating Officer: Personnel Moves)

Paul Barden, who has been the CEO of Pacific Resources, now has a new leadership role at Brown & Brown Insurance, according to Pacific Resources.

Judd and Vaughan have been executive vice presidents at Pacific Resources.

Judd has a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College. He worked at Unum and Hartford before moving to Pacific Resources.

Vaughan has a bachelor’s degree from Drew University. He worked at Hartford and Cigna before ending up at Pacific Resources.

In other personnel moves news:

Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, Iowa, has named Pat Halter president of its Principal Global Asset Management unit, which oversees $702 billion in assets.

He has been president of the Principal Global Investors unit, and he will keep that role.

Halter is getting the global asset management unit president title from Tim Dunbar, who is retiring.

Halter has a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing, and a master’s degree in business, from the University of Wisconsin.

Principal also announced that it’s promoting Kamal Bhatia, president of Principal Funds, to chief operating officer of Principal Global Investors.

Bhatia has a bachelor’s degree from IIT, in India, and a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Bhatia holds the Chartered Financial Analyst professional designation.

Zing Health, Chicago, has hired Eric Mattelson to be chief actuary.

Mattelson previously was the chief actuary at Johns Hopkins HealthCare.

Mattelson has a bachelor’s degree from Amherst and is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

He started out in the actuarial field at Aon Consulting. He later worked for Bravo Health, HealthSpring, XL Health, Evolent Health, and Willis Towers Watson.

Cambia Health Solutions, Portland, Oregon, has hired Dr. Marion Couch to be senior vice president and chief medical officer.

Couch has been a senior medical advisor to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The previous chief medical officer, Dr. Cheryl Pegus, is now Cambia’s president of consumer health solutions.

Couch has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a medical degree from Rush Medical College, and a master’s degree in business from Duke University. She did her residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

She is a head and neck surgeon with microvascular training. She has been an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and associate vice president of finance at the University of Vermont Medical Group.

She also has been interim chair, surgery, at the University of Vermont, and otolaryngology chair at Indiana University Health.

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