ST. LOUIS—Healthcare company Centene Corporation has named Toni Simonetti to the newly created position of senior vice president of public affairs. Simonetti will lead Centene's newly aligned corporate marketing and communications department, as well as develop an integrated public relations program for the company and its subsidiaries. She will report to Michael Neidorff, Centene's chairman and chief executive officer.
Simonetti has more than 20 years of experience in finance, strategy, media relations, reputation management and public policy, most recently as chief communications officer of GMAC, the financial services unit of General Motors. She also served as vice president of communications for GMAC and executive director of media relations, financial communications and public policy communications for General Motors.
Prior to her various corporate communications positions, she worked as a newspaper reporter and editor over a number of years for local newspapers in suburban Detroit.