CMS names new senior executives

Friday - 1/10/2014, 2:43pm EST

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is refiling its senior executive ranks.

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced in an email to staff obtained by Federal News Radio that Tim Love will become the chief operating officer, replacing Michele Snyder, who retired in December.

Tavenner also announced Dave Nelson will become the CMS chief information officer and director of the Office of Information Services. Nelson replaces Tony Trenkle, who left in November to join IBM. Tavenner said Love has served in a host of leadership positions over the last 22 years at CMS, including most recently as the deputy COO.

"His breadth of experience in the agency's policy, operations and business support components make him ideally suited to serve as COO," Tavenner said in the note to staff.

Nelson joined CMS 10 years ago and served in an assortment of positions, including most recently as director of the Office of Enterprise Management and acting CIO.

"Dave brings deep experience both as a manager and technologist to this critically important position," Tavenner said. "Like Tim, Dave is a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force. And they share another attribute — Dave is also ideally suited for the leadership role he has been asked to perform."

Love and Nelson join CMS at a critical time as it continues to implement the Affordable Care Act, and most importantly improve the HealthCare.gov site.

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