Healthcare industry veteran Brent Layton will succeed Jeff Arnold as CEO of Sharecare, effective January 2, 2024. Formerly president and chief operating officer of Centene Corporation, he has served on Sharecare’s board of directors since January 2023.
Brent brings more than 30 years of healthcare and public policy experience, with expertise building, scaling, and operating businesses focused on government-funded programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
During his more than two decades at Centene, Brent served in many roles and capacities. This included serving as chief business development officer, during which time the company scaled from three to 31 health plans, becoming the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care company. He oversaw many divisions and products, including provider contracting where he led Centene into value-based care. As president and COO of Centene, Brent also oversaw Ambetter, the nation’s largest health insurance exchange provider, and WellCare, the nation’s sixth largest Medicare Advantage company. Brent announced his retirement from Centene in late 2022 and stayed with the company as senior advisor to the CEO. Centene grew annual revenues from roughly $300 million to $144 billion during his tenure.
Prior to joining Centene, Brent ran a managed care consulting firm and created and managed various healthcare companies including vision and dental provider Avesis, Absolute Care Medical Centers, and other managed care companies in the areas of ENT, podiatry, chiropractic, and behavioral health.
Brent received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.