Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield CEO John Forsyth recently announced the retirement of senior executive Peter Roberts, group vice president of the provider relations and health management division. He will be leaving in early September to launch a consulting firm dedicated to bringing innovative solutions to health management systems in the public and private sectors.
“Peter’s contribution to Wellmark’s members has been substantial. He is an out-of-the-box thinker in an industry that would benefit tremendously from innovative and creative approaches to health management,” said Forsyth. “Peter has been a tremendous asset to us, and he will be missed. At the same time, I’m pleased Peter will continue offering his wisdom and experience to organizations that seek to improve the health care of our nation’s citizens,” Forsyth added.
Laura Jackson will now lead Wellmark’s provider relations and health management division as group vice president. Jackson joined Wellmark in 2002 and served as the senior vice president of human resources. For the past year, Jackson has led the development of an expanded strategy to collaboratively build a sustainable health care system in Iowa and South Dakota by 2014. This ultimately means that the average increase in health care costs for our members will be equal to the Consumer Price Index, a standard measure of inflation. “Laura is a natural fit for her new position,” said Forsyth. “She is highly regarded by all who know her for her keen knowledge of our business and for her ability to work successfully with people of varying perspectives,” he added.
Replacing Jackson is Marci Chickering, who has been named senior vice president of human resources. Chickering joined Wellmark in 2003 and has assumed progressively larger roles within human resources. “Marci has demonstrated her passion, competence, and ability to lead at the executive level,” said Forsyth.
All three transitions will occur in early September.