Allison O'Toole chosen as MNsure CEO

Allison O'Toole
MNsure Interim Chief Executive Officer Allison O'Toole tells reporters that MNsure is already receiving calls from consumers worried about double-digit insurance premium hikes for next year.
Jim Mone | AP

MNsure's board of directors has unanimously chosen interim CEO Allison O'Toole to become its permanent leader.

O'Toole took over MNsure last spring and was not a candidate for the permanent CEO job. A search committee had named just one finalist, Minnesotan Mark Nyquist who's worked for UnitedHealth Group and General Mills.

In a statement MNsure's board said Nyquist was an outstanding candidate but the panel decided to go a "different direction."

O'Toole has been with MNsure for two years. She says she realized her work with the exchange is not done and decided to stay on after talking with board members.

If some members of the Legislature have their way, however, MNsure might not have a CEO for very long. Some lawmakers want to make MNsure a state agency led by a commissioner appointed by the governor.

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