Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Centene Corporation
in Rancho Cordova, CA.
Michael Neidorff is Centene Corporation's chairman and chief executive officer. A recognized leader in the industry, he is committed to building a multi-national healthcare enterprise while upholding Centene's local approach to healthcare. Mr. Neidorff demonstrates a history of successfully implementing programs and services under Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial managed care. Under his leadership, Centene has grown from a $40 million corporation to a publicly traded (NYSE: CNC), FORTUNE® 25, diversified, healthcare enterprise.
Michael Neidorff became president and chief executive officer of Centene Corporation in 1996. In the decades since, the company has established operations in all 50 states to become the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the U.S. and the top insurer on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Centene now delivers high-quality and accessible healthcare to nearly 1 in 15 individuals across the nation.
Centene provides accessible, cost-effective coverage to the rising number of under-insured and uninsured people in communities across the U.S. Under Mr. Neidorff's leadership, Centene has expanded from operating Medicaid health plans solely in Wisconsin and Indiana, to operating in every state, serving more than 26 million managed care and TRICARE eligible individuals.
Mr. Neidorff's record of transformative leadership is proven in the healthcare industry. In 1985, he started Physicians Health Plan of Greater St. Louis, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. He served as the president and chief executive officer from 1985-1995, and grew the plan to be one of UnitedHealth Group's most successful and profitable plans in the country. From 1995-1996, he served as the regional vice president of Coventry Health Care, Inc., a publicly traded managed care organization, and as the president and chief executive officer of one of its subsidiaries, Group Health Plan Inc. in St. Louis. He also served in international senior executive positions at Miles Laboratories/Bayer AG.
in Davos, Switzerland.
As the longest-tenured CEO among the major managed care companies, Mr. Neidorff shares the expertise he’s acquired through decades of entrepreneurship. He is involved with many nonprofit associations dedicated to improving business and public policies across the U.S. and worldwide. Mr. Neidorff is a member of the World Economic Forum and a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development, working to promote economic development.
Michael Neidorff dedicates significant time to civic causes. At Centene, he has continuously expanded equitable principles throughout the enterprise, and he was one of the first industry leaders to sign the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Pledge. In 2020, he joined business leaders across the U.S. in signing the CEO Letter on Disability Inclusion as part of Disability:IN’s "Are You IN?" campaign, an initiative focused on further advancing inclusive practices for individuals with disabilities.
Mr. Neidorff is a board member of the National Urban League and served as its chairman from 2014-2019. In 2015, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis. He’s been a member of the board of directors for the Greater St. Louis Boy Scouts of America since 1990, serving as Pathfinder district chair, vice chairman and chairman of the Special Needs Committee, vice president of Finance, and council president. Mr. Neidorff is a member of the board of trustees for Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, his alma mater, and previously served as chairman of the board. The university’s on-campus art gallery is named in honor of him and his wife, Noémi.
Community Involvement and Recognition
Having an appreciation for the arts, Mr. Neidorff is also involved with several major arts institutions. He sits on the board of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, where he previously served a term as chairman and is currently a trustee on its Endowment Committee. As a trustee for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, he serves on the Institutional Development Committee and previously served as a vice chairman.
in Clayton, MO.
Mr. Neidorff serves as Treasurer of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees and member of the International Committee on the Arts. He previously served the Kennedy Center as a 2005 trustee, vice chairman of its Fund Board, chairman of the Education Committee, and co-chair of the International Committee on the Arts.
Michael Neidorff has been recognized by multiple organizations for his business leadership as well as his community and civic involvement. In 2017, he appeared on Fortune’s annual "Businessperson of the Year" list for his impact on the healthcare industry. In fact, Mr. Neidorff was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In January 2020, he and his wife, Noémi Neidorff, received the Whitney M. Young Humanitarian Award from the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and Saint Louis University. In 2019, he was honored at the St. Louis Business Journal's C-Suite Awards for his contributions to business and the St. Louis community. He was honored with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Citizen of the Year Award in 2017.
Mr. Neidorff holds a bachelor's degree from Trinity University and a master's degree from St. Francis College. He lives in St. Louis, with his wife, Noémi.