TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) announced today it has appointed Rhonda Mims to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief public affairs officer, effective Aug. 23. Mims will be responsible for the development and implementation of the company's strategic communications, public policy, corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, diversity and inclusion, and employee volunteerism. Mims will report to WellCare's CEO Ken Burdick and will serve as a member of the executive leadership team.
"Rhonda is a seasoned leader with a successful track record of developing and implementing initiatives and programs that support communities, promote diversity and inclusion, and drive business results," said Burdick. "Rhonda's deep experience and leadership capabilities will bring significant value to WellCare and the communities we serve."
"My passion for driving systemic change that supports parity, safety, health and quality of life for all people aligns with WellCare's mission and values," said Mims. "I look forward to working with the leadership team, WellCare's 7,100 associates, our government and community partners, and providers to make a meaningful difference."
Mims was most recently the managing director of corporate social responsibility at Paul Hastings, LLP. She had oversight of the firm's diversity and inclusion strategy, charitable giving, pro bono and volunteer efforts, and environmental sustainability. Prior to that, she served as senior vice president of corporate responsibility and chief diversity officer for ING U.S./Voya Financial and president of the ING U.S./Voya Foundation. She previously served as ING U.S./Voya Financial PAC treasurer, ethics officer and conducted government affairs on behalf of the company. Mims has also had an extensive legal career, which includes roles with the U.S. Department of Justice, the National District Attorney Association's American Prosecutor's Research Institute, and the South Carolina Office of Attorney General.
Mims serves as the Chairman of The Executive Leadership Council and as a member of the board of the Thirty Percent Coalition and the Citizens Committee for Children in New York. She has been acknowledged with numerous awards including CSR Executive of the Year, Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America, and recognized as Woman of the Year by multiple organizations.
Mims holds a juris doctor degree and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. WellCare serves approximately 3.8 million members nationwide as of June 30, 2016. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com or view the company's videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/WellCareHealthPlan.
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