W.Va. Names Cheatham to Head Public Insurance Agency

September 25, 2006

A Charleston man has been appointed director of the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency, Gov. Joe Manchin announced Friday.

Ted Cheatham takes over the post this Wednesday.

Cheatham has more than 15 years of executive and management experience in the health care and insurance industries.

From 1999 to 2003, he served as president and chief executive officer of Charleston-based Carelink Health Plans. Most recently, Cheatham served as a business director and management consultant with Unisys, a worldwide technology services and solutions company.

Cheatham has also worked with heath insurance providers in Mississippi and California.

“He brings a wealth of experience to this position that is only further enhanced by his strong familiarity with the working structure of PEIA as a past leader of one of the agency’s largest provider organizations,” Manchin said.

The state’s last PEIA director, Tom Susman, left the job in July 2004 to return to the private sector. Since then, there have been three interim co-directors: Keith Huffman, Jason Haught and Gloria Long.

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