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News of promotions, hires, and partnerships in the employeebenefits industry includes the following that has crossed our desk.Some announcements were made earlier andthe principals involved are already settled in to theirnew roles or partnerships.

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Blue Cross BlueShield of Arizona announced a partnershipto offer the Sharecare platform, founded by Jeff Arnoldand Dr. Mehmet Oz, to members or commercial customergroups. Arizonans can download Sharecare to learn theirRealAge, earn green days and follow a personalized journey tobetter health, and Arizonans who are BCBSAZ members will haveenhanced Sharecare services.

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Timothy Kastrinelis has been appointed NationalDirector, Partnership Development at PurchasingPower. The newly-created national role will focus onstrengthening and expanding intermediary business partnerrelationships at the senior executive level with top employeebenefit consulting and brokerage firms.

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Brightway Insurance announced that cofounderMichael Miller will assume the role of Presidentand CEO. In addition, the company is making these changes to itsexecutive team:

  •     Leslie Kolleda-Wright, formerlyV.P., Agency Growth & Development, is now Chief of Staff.
  •     Scott Pollard, formerly Directorof Agency Development and Carrier Relations is now V.P., AgencyGrowth & Development.
  •     Chip Hyers has joined thecompany as V.P., Sales.

New YorkLife announced that Richard White hasjoined its Retail Life business as Chief Data Officer. Inthis newly created role, he will be responsible for developing andoverseeing the implementation of data strategy and data governanceon behalf of the Retail Life business.

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ThePharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) announced newstaff additions and a promotion within its State Affairsdepartment. Sam Hallemeier joins as Director,State Affairs, Michelle Mack also joins asDirector, State Affairs, and Connor Rose ispromoted to Director, State Affairs.

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The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance announcedthat it awarded GetInsured, a health insurance marketplace platformprovider, a five-year contract to develop and operate thetechnology platform for New Jersey's State-Based Health InsuranceExchange.

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MercerGlobal Advisors announced the acquisition of CCP, a wealthmanagement firm located in Chicago. Owner SteveRoberts, CFP, MBA will be joining the Mercer Advisors'team along with Carin Pankros Roman, CFP and theentire CCP staff.

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VirginPulse has announced two acquisitions: With Yaro,Virgin Pulse launches Virgin Pulse Navigate, a benefits navigationsolution, and with Blue Mesa Health, Virgin Pulse launches itsfirst digital therapeutics offering, Virgin Pulse Transform.

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FusionHealth and Nox Medical have joined forces to form sleephealth solution provider Nox Health. Nox Medical's diagnostics and data bringreporting capabilities and analysis to FusionHealth's SleepChargesolution. The company's headquarters remain in Atlanta,Georgia.

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Nationwide announced a new $160 million investment toreskill and upskill its workforce and increase bonus incentivetargets. In addition, the company is enhancing benefits andintroducing a Summer Fridays pilot in 2020.

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Benefitfocus announced AnnmarieFini was promoted  to Executive VicePresident of Customer Success. Fini leads the company's CustomerSuccess Organization, overseeing the end-to-end experience forBenefitfocus' customers and partners.

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C.J. Marwitz

C.J. Marwitz is a writer and editor.