Executive Alert: Centene Chief Gets Extension, Medicaid Director Departs

Executive Alert is a weekly report on C-level news from across the Show-Me State.

Career moves 

Photo Courtesy of UUA.org
Photo courtesy of UUA.org

Orvin Kimbrough has been named the new president and CEO of the United Way of Greater St. LouisKimbrough had served as the organization’s senior vice president of major gifts, planned giving and marketing and communications since 2007. Kimbrough is also the chair of Missouri State University’s board of trustees. He has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Ian McCaslin has left his position as head of the MO HealthNet Division. Jennifer Tidball, the director of the financial aid and administrative services division for the Department of Social Services, will fill the role vacated by McCaslin on an interim basis. McCaslin has declined to discuss the specifics of his departure from a role in which he led the state’s Medicaid program.

Matthew Naylor will become the new president and CEO of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City on June 17. He has worked as the director of advancement for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for two years and worked for Independence-based Outreach International for nine years.

St. Louis-based managed care provider Centene extended its employment agreement with Michael Neidorff, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, through the end of 2017. Neidorff will receive 30,000 restricted stock units of the company’s common stock, but his severance pay will be reduced from three times the sum of his base salary and bonus to two times the sum.

Kansas City-based WireCo WorldGroup named Christopher Ayers its new president and CEO. Ayers previously served as executive vice president at Alcoa Inc., leading the company’s aluminum and alumina businesses, which had more than 20,000 employees at 39 facilities worldwide and $10.5 billion in 2012 revenue.

Awards and recognition

Photo Courtesy of Copaken Brooks
Photo Courtesy of Copaken Brooks

Kansas City real estate firm Copaken Brooks was honored as the 2013 Small Business of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Led by principal Bucky Brooks, the company has helped develop “signature properties” in the Kansas City area, such as Town Pavilion and the Plaza Colonnade on the Country Club Plaza.


In the news

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has asked the St. Charles County Circuit Court to adopt Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to enhance its monitoring of former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole. Cole is currently on bail at home while he awaits his trial of securities fraud and felony theft.

Mamteck received $39 million of industrial development bonds from the city of Moberly to build an artificial sweetener facility. It was never completed. Cole allegedly used the bonds to avoid foreclosure on his Beverly Hills house, which led to the collapse of the $39 million investment.

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