Medical Mutual Announces Andrea Hogben, Former Senior Executive of Advance Ohio, to Take on Executive Position

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Andrea Hogben, the former president of what is now Advance Ohio, has been named to a leadership position at Medical Mutual of Ohio.

Hogben will become senior vice president of strategic communications effective August 29, Medical Mutual announced today. She will report to Jared Chaney, executive vice president and chief communications officer, who announced earlier this year that he would retire in August 2017.

“I am thrilled to have Andrea join us and lead our areas of communications once Jared retires next summer,” said Rick Chiricosta, President and CEO of Medical Mutual. “She will be a great addition to my management team.”

Hogben, who is 44 today, has been active in the community, serving on the boards of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the United Way of Greater Cleveland.

Most recently, she served as Co-Chair of the Marketing and Content Committee of the Republican National Convention Organizing Committee. The committee worked to leverage the convention and promote Cleveland as a great place to live, work, and build a business.

Hogben, who holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and communication and a master’s degree in business administration from Baldwin Wallace University, is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Cleveland.

She started with The Plain Dealer as an intern. For nearly 22 years with the newspaper and cleveland.com, she rose to leadership positions.

She was senior vice president of sales and marketing at The Plain Dealer.

In 2013, Hogben was named the first president of a newly created company – now called Advance Ohio – responsible for media sales, marketing and content for cleveland.com, The Plain Dealer and Sun News.

The goal was to usher in a sustainable business model that would align three of the region’s media brands and accelerate cleveland.com’s digital audience and revenue growth. During Hogben’s tenure, Advance Ohio expanded its staff of reporters and photographers, added new features to cleveland.com, and introduced mobile apps to meet the needs of a growing audience.

When Hogben announced last August that she would be leaving Advance Ohio, she praised her leadership during a time of incredible change. She then said it was “time to continue another chapter”.

The new chapter with Medical Mutual begins later this month.

“I have always been impressed with the impact of Medical Mutual in our community and have tremendous respect for the management team,” Hogben said. “It’s an understatement to say I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”