ST. LOUIS, May 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), a leading healthcare enterprise committed to helping people live healthier lives, announced today it has named Shannon T. Susko as its Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. Ms. Susko will be responsible for Centene’s communications function, leading the development and execution of all internal and external communications, overseeing corporate reputation and advancing communications strategy in support of the company’s business objectives.
Ms. Susko is a seasoned communications professional with more than two decades of strategic, corporate and crisis communications experience. She most recently served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Strategic Situations and Investor Relations and Head of Healthcare for Edelman Smithfield – the financial communications boutique within global communications firm Edelman. As a strategic advisor to boards and management teams of public and private companies, Ms. Susko guided communications strategy during both normal course and transformative situations. She previously served as Vice President of Communications at Global Strategy Group, where she advised clients on strategic communications, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism, and issues and reputation management. She was the founder of Susko & Co, a consulting firm that advised clients in the healthcare and financial services industries on strategic communications, business development and market strategy. Ms. Susko spent a decade at TriWest Healthcare Alliance, a Department of Defense managed care support contractor responsible for the administration of the military’s healthcare program – TRICARE.
“Shannon is an accomplished leader with a distinguished track record in strategic communications and a deep understanding of the healthcare and financial landscape,” said Centene’s Chief Executive Officer, Sarah M. London. “Her background, breadth of experience and leadership will be integral as she partners with our senior management team to amplify the Centene story, highlighting our mission, vision and values to stakeholders.”
Ms. Susko earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.
About Centene Corporation
Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 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 and the TRICARE program. The Company also 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.
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