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Delta Dental CEO Ed Choate to Retire in 2022

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Delta Dental of Arkansas president and CEO Ed Choate announced Friday that he will retire in January 2022.

Choate joined DDAR as its president and CEO in 2000. Under his leadership, the company has more than quadrupled its membership, revenue and net assets. DDAR has more than 800,000 members in Arkansas, and more than 2.4 million members nationally, through its dental and vision insurance products, Medicare Advantage dental plans and its role managing dental benefits for the state of Arkansas’ Medicaid dental program.

“Under Ed’s leadership, Delta Dental remains financially solid, built on the mission of improving the oral health of all Arkansans, and is consistently recognized as one of the best places to work in our state,” Wayne Callahan, chair of DDAR’s Board of Directors, said in a news release.

Callahan said the board would work with company leaders in a search for a successor.

“Delta Dental of Arkansas is an amazing company that excels at providing world-class service while truly caring for the people we serve,” Choate said in the release. “It has mission-driven employees who are inspired to improve the health of Arkansans who need us most. I was blessed to be part of such a great organization.”

During his time at the company, Choate focused on creating and growing the company’s philanthropic arm, the DDAR Foundation, which has invested more than $25 million through its grant programs. The foundation has also helped fund the dental clinics at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and CARTI.

The foundation also provided more than $7 million to 34 municipalities across the state for equipment to add fluoride to their water supply.

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