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Secretary Burwell announces steps to further strengthen HHS management team

Special to The Dallas Examiner | 7/23/2014, 11:43 p.m. | Updated on 7/23/2014, 11:44 p.m.

Special to The Dallas Examiner

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has named Leslie Dach to a newly created Senior Counselor position, to further strengthen the HHS leadership team and enhance the Department’s ability to deliver impact for the American people.

Dach joins HHS with more than 25 years of business, policy, communications and executive management experience. He has delivered impact in complex organizations, created highly innovative public-private partnerships, and successfully worked with a wide spectrum of political and community voices to make a difference on complex issues.

“We have a strong leadership team at HHS,” said Secretary Burwell. “Leslie’s experience, which spans the business, government, and civil society sectors, will further enhance our ability to deliver impact for the American people. We want to not only retain, but also recruit, talented individuals to our mission of ensuring every American has access to the building blocks of a healthy, productive life.”

As a senior counselor, Dach will work closely with the Department’s senior staff on key policy challenges, strategic initiatives, and engagement with external partners. Dach will also work with the team on the successful execution of the second Open Enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

From 2006 to 2013, Dach served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Walmart Stores Inc. Dach’s efforts at Walmart have been credited with developing a new model of public, private, and civil society partnerships that deliver meaningful impact. Under his leadership, Walmart partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign on a series of initiatives to make food healthier and more affordable, and launched a $2 billion program to help end hunger.

He will report directly to the Secretary.