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New president named at Univera

Arthur Wingerter, an executive with a global firm that manages business practices for other companies, has been named president of Univera Healthcare in Amherst.

He succeeds Mary Lee Campbell-Wisley, who recently retired after leading the health plan for seven years.

Wingerter is vice president of health care solutions at Genpact in New Jersey, where he is responsible for development of cost containment strategies, new product development and acquisitions.

Previously, he served as a senior vice president for North American Health Plans in Amherst and chief executive officer of Prism Health Networks in West Seneca, which he helped grow into a statewide network that manages services that focus on muscular skeletal issues.

Outside of health care, Wingerter served as chief executive of The Advantage Co. in Williamsville.

At Univera, Wingerter will be responsible for the nonprofit health plan's commercial, Medicare and SafetyNet lines of business in the eight-county Western New York region. The appointment is effective Feb. 23.

"Art's long history in Western New York, and his strong background in both health care and business management, make him well positioned to guide Univera Healthcare's future growth," David H. Klein, chief executive of Univera and Excellus, said in a statement.

Wingerter is a Buffalo native and a University at Buffalo graduate with degrees in business administration and finance. He lives in Amherst.

Univera is a subsidiary of Rochester-based Lifetime Healthcare Cos. and Excellus BlueCross and BlueShield. Univera serves more than 200,000 members in the eight-county region of Western New York, while its parent serves 1.8 million in upstate New York.


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