Voices of the Region: Be Paranoid – Sustaining Your Business During Constant Change (If It Ain’t Broke, Fix It)


Learn from influential business people in our Voices of the Region speaker series.

In the business world, change is all around us, almost every minute of the day. Merely acknowledging these changes is not sufficient to provide for successful business outcomes. Join Brian Henry, Tracey Wehlpley, and Dr. Ken Yamaguchi in “Be Paranoid – Sustaining Your Business During Constant Change” to learn about how they successfully navigate change and develop appropriate and effective processes to properly manage such change.

Date: October 25, 2019

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Location: One Metropolitan Square, Suite 1300, St. Louis, MO 63102


Our Speakers

Brian Henry, Vice President, External Affairs, Cigna

Brian has served as Vice President, External Affairs since January 2019, joining Cigna from Express Scripts following closure of the acquisition in December 2018. He is responsible for public relations, media relations, issues management, and reputation management for the enterprise, working closely with Corporate Communications, Marketing, and across the enterprise to build and protect our brand.

Prior to joining Cigna, Brian served as Vice President, Corporate Communications at Express Scripts from 2011-2018. He has also held leadership roles in marketing and communications at Paragon Biosciences, Medtronic, Bristol-Myers Squibb and the American Heart Association. Brian started his career as a newspaper reporter in Southern Illinois and also worked at a leading international public relations agency in Chicago.

Brian currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Inc., a national non-profit organization that helps bereaved parents after the loss of a child. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Foundation.

Brian earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Tracy Whelpley, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Cannonball

Dr. Ken Yamaguchi, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Centene

Ken Yamaguchi, MD, MBA, joined Centene in April of 2015 as an Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer. Prior to this position, he was a full-time academic surgeon at Washington University. He continues to maintain the position of the Sam and Marilyn Fox Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery as part-time faculty and has been named as a Top Doctor in America by Castle Connolly yearly for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Yamaguchi received both a BA and MS from UCLA. After earning his medical degree with distinction from George Washington School of Medicine, Yamaguchi also completed his residency there and then a fellowship in shoulder and elbow surgery at Columbia University in New York. He then did elbow training at the Mayo Clinic. He followed this with an MBA at the Olin School of Business at Washington University as well as numerous executive programs at the Olin, Kellogg, and Booth Schools of Business.

Yamaguchi is an author of more than 200 publications and has given more than 150 presentations nationally and internationally. Invited professorships have included Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Dartmouth, Peking University and Oxford University. He has had numerous leadership positions in medicine including Executive Committees of the American Orthopedic Association and American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Deputy Editor for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Treasurer of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

The recipient of various awards and honors throughout his career, Yamaguchi was selected to complete the American Orthopaedic Association’s prestigious John J. Fahey Memorial North American Traveling Fellowship, recognized with the Thomas M. Coffman Career Development Award from the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, and received the teaching awards numerous times for the Orthopaedic Department. In 2014 he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Washington University School of Medicine, given to only one member among the entire school faculty. In 2014, he received the Ann Donner Vaughn Kappa Delta Award, considered the Nobel Prize for lifetime achievement in orthopedic research. At Olin Business School, he was voted by classmates to receive the Class Ambassador Medallion Award as the person who best exemplified the values of his class and program.

Dr. Yamaguchi has also been active in medical device innovation. He has worked with Zimmer-Biomet Corp and Tornier Corp (Wright Medical) to help develop highly successful joint replacement systems for both the shoulder and elbow. Currently, he is the team lead in designing the next generation of shoulder replacement system for Zimmer-Biomet.

As Chief Medical Officer at Centene, his primary responsibilities in the area of Medical Affairs include oversight of: Clinical Policies, Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee, Clinical Programs, Clinical Analytics, Medical Management Operations (Utilization Management and Care Management), Medical Management Systems (support of medical management software), Data Governance and Quality Improvement.

Dr. Yamaguchi has a daughter, Kelli, who is a recent graduate of NYU, Tisch School for the Arts, and a son, Kyle, who is a sophomore at Washington University in St Louis.