Ex-Missouri AG to be next Centene general counsel

Feb 10, 2020
Chris Koster is being promoted to the new role later this month

Former state official Chris Koster is being promoted to senior vice president, secretary and general counsel at healthcare company Centene Corporation, effective February 19.

In his new role, Koster will oversee all legal functions for the company and report directly to Centene chair, president and CEO Michael Neidorff.

Keith Williamson, the company’s former secretary and general counsel, has been appointed president of the Centene Charitable Foundation. Williamson joined Centene in 2006 and since then has overseen all legal functions and, according to the company, has aided ‘in the company's extensive growth and expansion.’ Centene last month completed its acquisition of WellCare Health Plans.

‘I thank Keith for his 13 years as general counsel and look forward to his new role with the foundation to help further our commitment to the communities we serve,’ Neidorff says in a statement.

Before joining Centene in 2017 as senior vice president for corporate services, Koster served for eight years as Missouri attorney general. Before being elected to that post, he served in the Missouri state senate for four years and as prosecuting attorney in Cass County for a decade.

‘Chris has been an instrumental part of our senior team during a pivotal time of growth. His depth of experience in legal services both in the private and public sector will continue to be an asset to our company as we continue to grow and evolve,’ Neidorff says.

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