Former Microsoft exec tapped to replace Jeff Zients

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2013_12_kurtdelbene Kurt DelBene will lead and manage healthcare.gov. (Photo: Microsoft)

There’s a new lead man running healthcare.gov.

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced today Kurt DelBene will be Jeff Zients’ successor and also serve as Sebelius’ senior adviser.

DelBene most recently served at president of the Microsoft Office Division and will start his new role in government tomorrow.

In the blog post, Sebelius said DelBene will be working closely with her, the White House and the teams and senior leadership at HHS and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, as he leads and manages healthcare.gov.

DelBene has agreed to serve in this role for at least the first half of 2014.

“Because of the site’s progress, his responsibilities, while similar to Jeff’s, will reflect an evolution of focus as we move on to the next phase,” Sebelius said.

DelBene will be working and consulting with CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and QSSI, the general contractor for healthcare.gov. One of his main focuses will be to ensure the website runs smoothly and is functional through the open-enrollment deadline of March 31, 2014.

“The president and I believe strongly in having one person, with strong experience and expertise in management and execution, who is thinking 24/7 about healthcare.gov,” Sebelius said.

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