Ken Burdick  

Honoree
Kenneth A. Burdick
CEO
WellCare Health Plans


Ken was named CEO of WellCare in January 2015 and was named as a member of the board of directors in December 2014. He leads WellCare in its mission to provide quality, cost-effective health care solutions for the company’s members, providers and government customers. Ken joined WellCare in January 2014 as president, national health plans, and was promoted to president and chief operating officer in June 2014. Prior to joining the company, Ken was president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. From 2010 to 2012, Ken was with Coventry Health Care as CEO of the Medicaid Division where he doubled the Medicaid revenue in 18 months. He also served as CEO of MHNet, a Coventry behavioral health business unit. Before that, Ken spent 14 years as an executive with UnitedHealth Group, rising through positions of increasing responsibility. Early in his career at UnitedHealth, he was senior vice president, national underwriting and CEO of the central Texas business. He was later named CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Arizona, a position he held for three years. He then served as president, UnitedHealthcare’s Public Sector and was CEO of the company’s southwest region. In 2006, Ken was named CEO of UnitedHealthcare Group’s commercial business where he held P&L responsibility for $26 billion in revenue. He was named CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s Secure Horizons retail Medicare business in 2008. Ken has served on a number of boards in the health care industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Amherst College and a law degree from University of Connecticut School of Law.

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. The company served approximately 4.1 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2017. WellCare has developed a full complement of expertise in three major areas of government-sponsored health care: Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. Leveraging our expertise is a key part of the value we bring to our members. We are committed to continually improving the quality of care and service we provide to our members, helping them access the right care at the right time in the appropriate setting.