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Joan Budden to retire after 5 years leading Priority Health; Spectrum hires firm to conduct national search for replacement

Jul 20, 2020 - Crain's Detroit Business
Board and Executive Moves

Joan Budden, president and CEO at Priority Health in Grand Rapids, announced she will retire Jan. 1 after five years leading the Grand Rapids-based health insurer and 12 years with Spectrum Health, the parent company.

Budden, 59, began her career at Priority Health in 2009 as chief marketing officer and was named CEO in early 2016, following the retirement of Michael Freed.

Earlier this year, Budden's personal and work life changed a lot when her husband Doug lost his sister, then th...