MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — eHealth, Inc., the nation’s largest private health insurance exchange, has appointed Scott Flanders, a director of the Company since 2008, to the role of Chief Executive Officer of eHealth.
In addition, The Honorable Ellen Tauscher, a director of the Company since 2012, has been appointed Independent Non-Executive Board Chair. In connection with these appointments, Gary Lauer is transitioning out as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Lauer will continue on in an advisory role through the end of the year to help ensure a smooth transition.
A strategic visionary and proven business model innovator, Mr. Flanders brings with him nearly 30 years of executive leadership experience and a track record of driving significant growth in his prior positions, including most recently as CEO and a director of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. where he oversaw a transformational shift in the iconic brand. Having also served as CEO of Freedom Communications and as Chairman and CEO of Columbia House Company, Mr. Flanders brings diverse business experience and direct-to-consumer expertise.
Ms. Tauscher brings a blend of expertise in both government affairs and capital markets. She previously served as a seven-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 10th Congressional District as well as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs. Prior to her successful career in public service, Ms. Tauscher spent 14 years on Wall Street working in investment banking and the financial industry. In her role as Board Chair, Ms. Tauscher will leverage her unique experience to spearhead eHealth’s public policy initiatives and partnerships with the public sector.
“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Scott, a true innovator and strategist, as our new CEO,” said Ms. Tauscher. “As our company and the marketplace evolve, so does our strategic vision. eHealth has a great brand, a great team and great momentum, and that is why we feel confident in the success of our leadership transition. Having served as a highly engaged director of eHealth, Scott has a deep understanding of the Company and its business. We believe that Scott’s decades of executive leadership experience, in addition to his expertise in direct-to-consumer markets and track record of overseeing significant growth, will allow him to seamlessly transition into the role of eHealth’s CEO. Scott is the right leader to guide eHealth as we build on our positive momentum and strengthen our position as the leader in online health insurance.”
“I am excited about the opportunity to work alongside the eHealth Board and management team as CEO as we execute on our strategic vision and build on our record of innovation and success in the online health insurance marketplace,” said Mr. Flanders. “eHealth enjoys an outstanding position as the leader in our industry, and I have great respect for the entire eHealth team and what it has built. Together, we will continue to optimize profitability and cash flow generation in our Individual and Family Plan business, invest for rapid growth in Medicare, and leverage our powerful technology platform and broad network of online partnerships to create an unmatched consumer experience for our millions of customers and drive value for our shareholders.”