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Priority Health names new President

Praveen Thadani hired away from Humana
Posted at 2:17 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 14:17:21-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Priority Health selected a new president, plucking an executive from Humana.

Praveen Thadani will start his new role in January 2021. He replaces Joan Budden, who will retire on January 1, 2021.

Thadani has 25 years of experience in the health care industry, working with consumer, commercial, and government health plans.

“Praveen is a transformative health care leader with extensive industry experience and a passion for innovation and developing talent,” said Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO of Spectrum Health, which includes Priority Health. “His commitment to building relationships with members, employers, agents and providers will help us maintain the momentum we have created as we continue working to provide affordable access to care and have a positive impact on the communities we serve.”

“Priority Health is a nationally recognized health plan with innovative products, digital solutions and a strong leadership team,” said Thadani. “I’ve admired the work of Priority Health for many years, particularly its focus as a nonprofit company with a commitment to lowering the cost of care while focused on leveraging digital solutions, analytics and integration to drive more personalized experiences that improve the health of the community. I am honored to have been selected for this role and am excited about collaborating to achieve the vision of personalized health made simple, affordable and exceptional.”

Priority Health is the third-largest provider-sponsored health plan in the U.S. and second-largest health plan of any kind in Michigan.