Kenny E. Chasten Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer
Kenny Chasten came to Wellmark in 2008 as a consultant for the procurement of purchases and contract negotiations related to the new corporate headquarters. In 2010, he transitioned to director, Strategic Sourcing where he has been instrumental in achieving significant administrative savings through contract negotiations. He was then promoted to vice president and chief procurement officer for Wellmark, Inc. and its affiliates. In this role, Kenny is responsible for providing company oversight and control for the development, negotiation, implementation and contract administration of all supplier contracts while aligning the procurement strategy with the strategy of the business. In addition, Kenny serves as vice resident of the NASPURC Board and a member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Strategic Sourcing Advisory Council, he also serves our community as a board member for Variety – The Children's Charity.
Prior to his career at Wellmark, Kenny was a partner and vice president at Midwest Procurement Partners, LLC after working at The Principal Financial Group for 13 years in strategic sourcing and procurement. In addition, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired after 21 years of service as a medical technologist, and emergency preparedness liaison officer. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Overseas Service Medal.
Kenny earned his Bachelor of Arts in business from William Penn University. He is a Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI), and Associate, Customer Service (ACS) in the Life Office Management Association.