Centene, a multi-line healthcare enterprise, has appointed Jesse Hunter as the new executive vice president for corporate development, effective April 22, 2008.

Reporting directly to Michael Neidorff, chairman and CEO for Centene, Mr Hunter will continue to direct business development opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions, for the company.

Mr Hunter joined Centene in 2002 and has held positions with increasing responsibility for the company over the past six years. Most recently, he was the senior vice president of corporate development. Previously, he worked in the mergers and acquisitions department at Humana.

Mr Neidorff said: Mr Hunter’s insight and contributions have led to tremendous growth opportunities for Centene over the past several years. I am pleased to welcome him to the executive team, as we continue to grow and diversify our business.