Jeffrey Kissel named executive director of Hawaii Health Connector

Published: Oct. 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 3, 2014 at 7:38 PM HST
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Jeffrey M. Kissel
Jeffrey M. Kissel

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Health Connector Board of Directors on Friday announced it has selected Jeffrey M. Kissel as the new executive director of the Connector.

Kissel will replace Interim Executive Director Tom Matsuda as head of the state's health insurance marketplace.

"I believe that everyone deserves to have health insurance coverage, and the Hawai'i Health Connector is a highly viable resource for reasonably priced, high quality health care," said Kissel. "I'm at a place in my career where I can really give back to the community and do something that will make a difference in people's lives. I am looking forward to hitting the ground running to prepare for open enrollment, which starts November 15."

Most recently, Kissel was president and CEO of Hawai'iGAS, where he grew what started as a small business into a diversified thriving organization, in just five years. He also previously served in senior roles and led strategy at URS, one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies, among other companies.

"The Board believes that Jeff is the ideal person to lead the Connector forward for the long-term. His prior experience leading prominent and successful companies, as well as his drive and enthusiasm, will serve the Connector well to secure affordable health coverage for the residents of Hawaii," said Board Chair Clifford Alakai. "We are also extremely grateful to Tom Matsuda for his service shepherding the Connector through a very difficult time. He helped educate state policymakers and the community on the value of the Connector, and, on behalf of the Board, I want to thank him for his service."

Kissel sits on the board of directors of Pacific Rim Bank and is a member of the National Petroleum Council. He received his Bachelor's of Business Administration and MBA from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where he was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist.

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