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DEREK BRIDGES

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DEREK BRIDGES
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Former President of WellPoint Dental and Vision

Derek is currently services as President of ExamFX, an Ascend Learning Company. Derek leads the development and implementation of ExamFX’s strategic plan to organically grow the business through sales programs, product development, marketing and partnership development.

Derek joins Ascend from Universal American, where he was senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Midwest region, with overall financial responsibility in 20 markets in 10 states. He has close to two decades’ experience in the insurance industry in all parts of the country.

Before joining Universal American, Derek served as president of WellPoint’s dental and vision services, in which he oversaw all aspects of the $1 billion-plus business. Before WellPoint, Derek served as president and CEO of Delta Dental of Kansas. The company doubled its revenue and membership during his tenure, becoming Kansas’ overall market leader.

Derek started his career with U.S. Healthcare in New York. After merging with Aetna, he served in multiple management roles, including general manager for the Kansas City market.

Derek holds master’s degrees in Business Administration and Technology Management from the University of Kansas and the University of Pennsylvania.

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