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Secretary Burwell Further Strengthens HHS Management Team

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Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell named Kevin Thurm as a Senior Counselor, to further strengthen the HHS management team and help the agency fulfill its mission to better serve the American people.

Kevin brings more than 25 years of business, executive management, legal and policy experience. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the ability to deliver meaningful results in both complex public and private sector organizations.

"We're continuing to build on the strong leadership team that exists at HHS and recruit top talent," said Secretary Burwell. "Kevin's decades of broad experience spans business and government with the focus necessary to advance our goals. He brings to the Department not only his proven abilities as a leader, but also a deeply-held commitment to our mission."

As a Senior Counselor, Thurm will work closely with the Department's senior staff on a wide range of cross-cutting strategic initiatives, key policy challenges, and engagement with external partners.

Since 2001, Thurm has held various leadership positions within Citigroup, managing thousands of employees and budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars. Before joining Citigroup, Thurm served as the Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services in the Clinton Administration under former Secretary Donna Shalala. He oversaw major policy and management issues, including the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act and the "Y2K" computer programing situation.

Thurm will report directly to the Secretary.

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