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Excellus appoints new president for Central New York region

By Eric Reinhardt (


Rochester–based Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has announced Mark Muthumbi as the new regional president for the Central New York market, replacing James Reed, who is now president and CEO-elect of the health insurer. Reed will succeed current president and CEO Christopher Booth when he retires in May 2021. (Photo credit: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield)

DeWITT, N.Y. — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield on Monday announced it has appointed Mark Muthumbi regional president of the health insurer’s Central New York market, effective immediately.

Muthumbi replaces Jim Reed, who became president and CEO-elect of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and its parent company, The Lifetime Healthcare Companies, Inc. on July 1.

Muthumbi — who currently serves as regional VP of sales and account management at Excellus — is expanding his responsibilities to include the position of regional president’s role, the health insurer said.

“Over his 21-year career at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Mark has established strong relationships with customers, employers, providers, brokers, and community leaders across Central New York while developing collaborative approaches to deliver quality, drive change, and overall growth for the health plan,” Reed said in a statement.

In his new role as regional president, Muthumbi will combine his leadership of sales and account management with the additional responsibility of “supporting and maintaining” business and provider networks in Central New York, the health insurer said.

Rochester–based Excellus is Central New York’s largest health insurer. It has about 850 employees who work in the region. Excellus operates a regional office in DeWitt.

About Muthumbi

Muthumbi is a 2003 graduate of Le Moyne College with a master’s degree in business administration. He also earned a bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Muthumbi is a member of the board of directors of the Boy Scouts Longhouse Council, and the current chair of its 2020 Boy Power event.

He also serves as a board member for Hospice of Central New York and the Pan African Community of Central New York. Muthumbi is also a past board member for Empower Associated Services, Girl Scouts of Central New York, and Leadership Greater Syracuse.

Muthumbi received BizEventz’ 40 Under Forty Award and is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Syracuse program, Excellus said.

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