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Mr. Pegues is a seasoned health care expert specializing in strategic marketing, new business development, and strategy formulation and execution.  Mr. Pegues has deep experience developing new markets and leading turnarounds and is expert at catalyzing a clear vision for organizations and securing commitment to and vigorous pursuit of that vision.  Mr. Pegues has worked for national payers, hospitals, specialty pharmaceuticals, medical management, and health care ventures and is recognized for proven ability to create productive change and profitable growth and to energize entire organizations.

Before joining Huron, Mr Pegues was the Chief Operating and Administrative Officer and Vice Chancellor of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.  Prior to LSU Mr. Pegues was the President & CEO of Coventry Health Care of Louisiana and Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company.  Mr. Pegues also served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for CareGuide, Inc., a public disease and care management company, where he had responsibility for driving new revenue growth.  Prior to CareGuide, Mr. Pegues founded J Pegues Consulting, where he focused on strategy and new business development for health care and life sciences clients.  Prior to that, Mr. Pegues was senior vice president of Philadelphia-based Intracorp (CIGNA), a provider of care management services to 28 million consumers who participated in the company’s programs through employer-sponsored health care, workers’ compensation, and disability insurance programs.  There he led corporate marketing and business development and was instrumental in developing and executing key growth strategies that expanded the company’s leadership in providing health and productivity solutions.  Mr. Pegues also was general manger of Intracorp’s Health Care strategic business unit and was responsible for its product development, sales and account management, marketing, and operations initiatives for employers, carriers, third-party administrators, unions, state and municipal governments, and managed care organizations.

Prior to Intracorp, Mr. Pegues was chief executive officer of Austin, Texas-based Launch-Sequence, Inc., where he led a business innovation laboratory that helped established companies build new businesses based on digital technology.  Mr. Pegues was also vice president of e-business at Humana Inc., in Louisville, Kentucky, where he guided the company’s plan to grow through new, technology-based health care businesses.  He also served as vice president of Humana’s strategy, research, and business development, and led several initiatives that resulted in substantial profit and operational improvements.  Early in his career, Pegues created strategies that resulted in sales and earnings growth for Providian Corporation, PepsiCo, and clients of Deloitte Consulting.

Mr. Pegues brings more than 25 years of diverse experience, innovation, and leadership capabilities as a mentor for XLerateHealth.  A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Pegues holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a master’s in business administration from the Freeman Business School at Tulane, where he was recognized with the faculty’s “Outstanding Graduate” award.