Kurt DelBene to Oversee Healthcare.gov Fixes; Kathleen Sebelius Comments

Kurt DelBeneKurt DelBene, formerly president of the Microsoft Office division, has been appointed to lead rehabilitation efforts for the federal health insurance marketplace, CNBC reported Tuesday.

Dan Mangan writes DelBene succeeds Jeffrey Zients, who took the job of managing the emergency fixes to Healthcare.gov in October after the website malfunctioned during its launch.

Zients is leaving his emergency manager role to become director for the National Economic Council where Zients will succeed Gene Sperling as council director at the beginning of 2014, according to the report.

DelBene will work to oversee the marketplace website for the first six months of 2014, the report says.

The 20-year Microsoft executive previously served as management consultant at McKinsey & Co. and as software developer and systems engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories, CNBC reports.

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary for Health and Human Services, writes DelBene’s tasks cover “management, operations oversight and advice on additional enrollment channels, field operations, marketing and communication,” according to the report.

The open enrollment on Healthcare.gov and other federal healthcare exchanges ends on March 31.

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