You can be on Entrepreneur’s cover!

White House Brings On Microsoft Executive to Fix HealthCare.gov Kurt DelBene has been tapped to oversee the continued rollout of the Obamacare enrollment site.

By Catherine Clifford

entrepreneur daily

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Time to bring in the big guns. Or, in this case, the private sector.

President Obama today announced that former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will take over the crisis mitigation job of getting the Obamacare website up and running.

DelBene will replace Jeffrey Zients who is leaving to become the director of the National Economic Council early in 2014. The White House brought Zients on in October, when it initially became clear that HealthCare.gov was insufficient.

DelBene, who is married to Rep. Susan DelBene (D-Wash.), had several executive-level jobs while at Microsoft, including president of the Microsoft Office division and senior vice president for the business division.

Related: Marissa Mayer, Tim Cook & Other Tech Titans Meet With Obama on Health Care, Surveillance

"Kurt has proven expertise in heading large, complex technology teams and in product development. He will be a tremendous asset in our work," wrote Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services in a blog post today.

The appointment of DelBene won some praise among others in Washington. "The continued rollout of HealthCare.gov and our nation's health law requires strong, expert leadership from the top down," said Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) in a written statement. "Mr. DelBene's appointment is a good step toward achieving the goal of giving all consumers — regardless of where they live — a functioning marketplace to find and compare health plans."

Related: Tech Giants Form Group to Pressure U.S. Over Surveillance

Catherine Clifford

Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC

Catherine Clifford is senior entrepreneurship writer at CNBC. She was formerly a senior writer at Entrepreneur.com, the small business reporter at CNNMoney and an assistant in the New York bureau for CNN. Clifford attended Columbia University where she earned a bachelor's degree. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow her on Twitter at @CatClifford.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Data & Recovery

This File Backup Tool Subscription Is $25 for Life for One Week Only

AOEMI Backupper Professional is designed to protect, store, and transfer user's files for them.

Side Hustle

He Took His Side Hustle Full-Time After Being Laid Off From Meta in 2023 — Now He Earns About $200,000 a Year: 'Sweet, Sweet Irony'

When Scott Goodfriend moved from Los Angeles to New York City, he became "obsessed" with the city's culinary offerings — and saw a business opportunity.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.

Business News

James Clear Explains Why the 'Two Minute Rule' Is the Key to Long-Term Habit Building

The hardest step is usually the first one, he says. So make it short.

Business News

Microsoft's New AI Can Make Photographs Sing and Talk — and It Already Has the Mona Lisa Lip-Syncing

The VASA-1 AI model was not trained on the Mona Lisa but could animate it anyway.