President and Chief Operating Officer of Centene Corporation

Brent Layton headshot - Centene President and COO.Brent Layton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Centene Corporation

Brent Layton serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for Centene Corporation, a diversified healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. In this role, he oversees Health Plans, Products, Business Operations, Population Health and Clinical Operations, Marketing, Health Plan Medical, Specialty, International, and Business Development.

Mr. Layton has more than 20 years of experience with increasing responsibility in the healthcare and public policy sectors. Since joining Centene in 2006, Mr. Layton has overseen the development and implementation of new health plans in more than 19 states from coast to coast, and also has provided strategic guidance to state governments to help them develop effective Medicaid solutions. In addition, Mr. Layton develops new business contracting with providers and health systems where he is leading the company’s effort in value based purchasing.

Prior to joining Centene, Mr. Layton ran a managed care consulting firm and created and managed a diverse group of healthcare companies. These included vision and dental provider Avesis, Georgia’s largest HIV medical center Absolute Care, and other managed care companies in the areas of ENT, podiatry, chiropractic, and behavioral health.

A native of Atlanta, Mr. Layton received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. He currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife, Kelly.