TAMPA, Fla., June 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthPlan Services (HPS), the nation's leading technology and administrative services provider for the insurance and managed care markets, has appointed Michael Buda, Esq., PhD, as executive vice president and chief human resources officer. In this role, he will manage development and deployment of the organization's human resource policies, procedures and strategies.
"Michael brings to HPS a great wealth of knowledge in the fields of human resources and employment law," said Jeff Bak, president and CEO, HPS. "His expertise and experience make him a valuable addition to our team, and we look forward to the contributions he will make toward further enhancing our position as an employer of choice in our industry."
Buda brings to HPS more than 25 years of experience in providing organizational consulting and training, conflict resolution and employment law advocacy to business organizations and educational institutions. He is a leader in strategic best practices, with expert qualifications in legal compliance and HR functional areas, including talent acquisition, retention and succession planning and performance and workforce accountability systems.
Prior to joining HPS, Buda was senior vice president of human resources and employment legal counsel for Superior Hospital Corporation, Inc. Previous positions include employment attorney, senior organizational consultant and mediator for Buda Law; executive vice president of human resources and legal counsel for Jackson Healthcare; employment attorney, senior organizational consultant and mediator for Employment Practices Solutions & J.A.M.S.; and senior labor and employment defense attorney for Littler Mendelson.
Buda received his interdisciplinary Juris Doctor and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in law, management and organizational effectiveness from Syracuse University. He earned his master's degree in counseling psychology and bachelor's degree in psychology from Arizona State University. Buda has also completed intensive mediation coursework at the Pepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia, California, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia and Minnesota.
About HealthPlan Services
HealthPlan Services (HPS) is the largest independent provider of service and technology solutions to the insurance and managed care industry. Since 1970, HPS has offered customized administration and distribution services to insurers of individual, small group, voluntary and association plans, as well as valuable solutions to thousands of brokers and agents. HPS' proprietary, scalable technology provides innovative consumer-facing solutions that are turnkey self-service tools for insurance carriers and distribution partners. HPS offers an ever-expanding array of services to a diverse and growing client base, and administers products that include medical (PPO, HMO, indemnity, consumer-driven), dental, vision, life, disability, cancer, critical illness, accident, long term care, limited medical, as well as various other ancillary insurance. HPS is committed to providing extraordinary service to its customers. HPS is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic private equity firm focused exclusively on healthcare. For more information about HPS, visit www.healthplan.com.
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