ST. LOUIS, March 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today that Sarah London, Vice Chairman of Centene, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, succeeding Michael Neidorff. Mr. Neidorff remains on a previously announced medical leave of absence from his position on the Board of the Company.

Ms. London has spent her career at the forefront of innovation in healthcare. Her focus has been advancing integrated, value-based care models through the development and application of data-driven insights and technology.

Prior to her appointment as CEO, Ms. London served as Vice Chairman of the Centene Board of Directors. In her management role, Ms. London led the Company's technology and digital strategy in addition to running the Health Care Enterprises and Specialty divisions, Corporate Strategy, Quality Operations, Internal Audit, Compliance and Risk Management. Since Mr. Neidorff began a medical leave of absence in February 2022, she has been a member of the Office of the Chairman charged with running the day-to-day management of the Company.

"I am delighted that the Board has appointed Sarah as CEO. Her strategic thinking, fresh perspective and diverse experience make her the natural leader to harness the potential of Centene," said James Dallas, Acting Chairman of Centene. "Sarah has infused an innovative mindset across the enterprise in her relentless effort to improve Centene's capabilities to provide the highest quality of care for our members. I have been consistently impressed by Sarah's passion to serve our members, who are often the most vulnerable amongst us. The Board and I are confident that she is the right visionary leader to increase value for our shareholders and author the next chapter of Centene's growth."

"I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the next CEO of Centene and to work alongside extraordinary colleagues to provide quality healthcare to over 26 million Americans," said Ms. London. "The healthcare landscape is rapidly changing, and Centene's mission – to transform the health of our communities one member at a time – has never been more relevant. We have a unique opportunity to empower our members, providers, and their communities in this transformation. Together, we can deliver innovative, integrated, and equitable care that meets our members where they live and exceeds their expectations. I'm excited by the tremendous opportunity to leverage the size and scale of this Company to create true, sustaining value for our members, state partners, employees and shareholders."

"I also want to thank Michael Neidorff, Centene's visionary leader for more than 25 years. Michael built one of the great success stories in American business, and his commitment to providing affordable, high-quality healthcare to our fellow citizens will remain a bedrock of this Company going forward," said Ms. London.

Brent Layton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Centene, stated, "Sarah brings a tremendous skillset to the leadership of Centene Corporation, and I'm excited to partner closely with her as Centene begins our journey into the next era of our history."

Drew Asher, Centene's Chief Financial Officer, said, "Sarah brings a modern vision to the helm of one of this country's most important healthcare companies.  I'm thrilled to be part of this management team, and I firmly believe in the potential of this Company to continue its remarkable history of accomplishment within the healthcare industry."

About Sarah London

Sarah London is the Chief Executive Officer of Centene Corporation, a diversified healthcare enterprise providing a portfolio of government-sponsored healthcare programs focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals to more than 26 million Americans.

Prior to her appointment as CEO, Ms. London served as Vice Chairman of the Company, and in her management role was responsible for a portfolio of companies independent of Centene's health plans, designing differentiated platform capabilities, and delivering industry-leading products and services to third-party customers. Ms. London previously served as the Company's Senior Vice President of Technology Innovation and Modernization, responsible for enterprise-wide technology strategy and execution with a focus on next-generation products and services.

Before joining Centene in 2020, Ms. London was a Partner at Optum Ventures, the venture capital arm of UnitedHealth Group. Prior to Optum Ventures, Ms. London served as Chief Product Officer for Optum Analytics, the business unit responsible for driving strategy and commercialization of Optum's integrated data and analytics solutions into the provider, payer and life sciences markets.

Ms. London previously served as Vice President of Client Services & Operations with Humedica, a venture-backed healthcare data and analytics company acquired by Optum in 2013.

Prior to joining Humedica, Ms. London was part of the team that launched Accretive Health's Quality & Total Cost of Care business, providing end-to-end population health strategy and operational consulting to leading medical centers around the country.

Ms. London began her healthcare career at Health Leads, a nationally-recognized social enterprise that partners with healthcare organizations to address social determinants of health by connecting patients to the community-based resources needed to support high-quality, cost-effective health outcomes.

Ms. London received an M.B.A. with High Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in History & Literature from Harvard College, where she played Division I tennis.

About Centene Corporation

Centene Corporation, a Fortune 25 company, is a leading healthcare enterprise that is committed to helping people live healthier lives. The Company takes a local approach – with local brands and local teams – to provide fully integrated, high-quality, and cost-effective services to government-sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Centene offers affordable and high-quality products to nearly 1 in 15 individuals across the nation, including Medicaid and Medicare members (including Medicare Prescription Drug Plans) as well as individuals and families served by the Health Insurance Marketplace, the TRICARE program, and individuals in correctional facilities. The Company also serves several international markets, and contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide a variety of specialty services focused on treating the whole person. Centene focuses on long-term growth and value creation as well as the development of its people, systems, and capabilities so that it can better serve its members, providers, local communities, and government partners.

Centene uses its investor relations website to publish important information about the Company, including information that may be deemed material to investors. Financial and other information about Centene is routinely posted and is accessible on Centene's investor relations website, https://investors.centene.com/.

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