Dave Anderson

Chief Executive Officer, Highmark Western and Northeastern New York

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Dave Anderson is Chief Executive Officer, Highmark Western and Northeastern New York. This includes oversight of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in the Western New York market and Highmark Blue Shield in the Northeastern New York market.

Anderson was appointed to his current position in March of 2021, following the strategic affiliation of Highmark Inc. and HealthNow New York Inc., the parent company of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and BlueShield of Northeastern New York, where he served as President and CEO since 2013. His tenure with the health plan has included extraordinary growth and stability, improved labor relations, and best-in-class employee engagement.

A seasoned health insurance executive with national experience and a strong track record of successfully engaging and managing organizations, Anderson previously served as CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s Southern California Health Plan.

Anderson is a member of the New York Department of Financial Services State Insurance Advisory Board and serves as board member of several national and regional organizations, including the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM). Anderson also serves on the boards of directors for ImpediMed Limited (ASX.IPD), Buffalo Toronto Public Media, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Buffalo Sabres Foundation and GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Anderson is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business, with a B.S. in Finance. He has been an entrepreneur, an executive in many facets of the health insurance industry, and is well versed in competitive and highly regulated health care markets. He is a resident of Buffalo, and the father of five grown children.

Current Board of Director affiliations include:

  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership
  • Buffalo Sabres Foundation
  • Buffalo Toronto Public Media
  • Department of Financial Services (DFS) State Insurance Advisory Board
  • GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, Inc
  • ImpediMed Limited (ASX.IPD)
  • National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM)


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