Microsoft Executive To Head HealthCare.gov

ASSOCIATED PRESS

A top Microsoft executive is set to take over as head of HealthCare.gov, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday.

Kurt DelBene, currently head of the Microsoft Office division, will succeed Jeff Zients, who President Obama tapped following the website’s disastrous launch. He will start Wednesday.

DelBene will officially be a senior advisor to Sebelius and work alongside Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Marilyn Tavenner, Sebelius wrote in a blog post. He has agreed to serve in the position for at least the first half of 2014.

DelBene “will provide management expertise, operations oversight, and critical advice on additional enrollment channels, field operations, marketing and communications,” Sebelius wrote. He is primarily tasked with ensuring that the website performs well through the end of the open enrollment period in March.

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