Kurt DelBene

Kurt DelBeneFormer Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will be the new leader of Healthcare.gov, the troubled website through which Americans can access the new federal insurance marketplace. DelBene recently retired from Microsoft after over two decades of work there, most recently as head of the Office division. He’ll start work as a senior advisor to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, on Wednesday, when he’ll begin managing the website and working toward improving its stability, interface, and security. Despite DelBene’s long tenure at Microsoft, top leadership from the company appear to be excited about his appointment. “Kurt is a talented and capable executive,” Bill Gates says in a blog post. “I’m certain he’ll make an important positive contribution in his new role with HHS.” Ballmer echoes similar sentiments, saying that DelBene’s skills will be “invaluable” to the work on Healthcare.gov.

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