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James M. Pennington is the new president and chief executive officer of The Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley.

Pennington has more than 35 years of experience in the health insurance industry. He is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in safety management.

Chairman John D. Holloway said Pennington's “knowledge and experience” in the West Virginia and Ohio marketplace will be invaluable in the organization's continued growth.

“In addition, his experience on a national basis will provide the opportunity for The Health Plan to expand regionally and nationally,” Holloway said.

Pennington started his career in the health insurance industry at McDonough Caperton Insurance Group, where he became president and CEO of its benefit services division, which evolved into Acordia National and ultimately the Wells Fargo TPA.

He has extensive experience in the employee benefit and PPO marketplace, previously serving as president and CEO with USI Administrators, ppoNEXT and HealthSmart. Pennington will be based at The Health Plan's corporate office in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Pennington, a West Virginia native, said he's excited to be returning to the Mountain State.

“I strongly believe that The Health Plan has a solid foundation and position within the region to build a quality oriented and growth-focused company,” he said. “I look forward to working with our providers, clients and partners to create a positive and healthy atmosphere across the region.”

The not-for-profit Health Plan was established in 1979 and offers a complete line of managed-care products and services to residents in Ohio and West Virginia.

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