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Cory Harris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Business Administration degree and Juris Doctor from Drake University, where he graduated with high honors and Order of the Coif.


Harris is the executive vice president, chief administrative and legal officer for Wellmark.

As chief administrative and legal officer, and a member of the company’s executive leadership team, Harris is involved in the development, analysis and execution of Wellmark’s key business strategies and efforts to help improve the health and well-being of Iowa and South Dakota communities and provide residents with access to affordable care.

Harris has leadership and oversight of Wellmark and its subsidiaries’ key enterprise functions including business technology, operations (claims, customer service, membership and enrollment), human resources/process excellence, legal, compliance, corporate governance, and government relations/public policy activities.

Harris joined Wellmark in October 2011 as the company’s executive vice president and general counsel. He held overall accountability and oversight for Wellmark’s legal division, which included legal, government relations and public policy, corporate governance, compliance, privacy and security, special investigations, special inquiries and appeals, internal audit, enterprise risk management, and performance auditing and reporting.

Prior to joining Wellmark, Harris spent 11 years with Iowa’s largest law firm, Nyemaster Goode, P.C., representing various health insurance clients (including Wellmark) in areas such as provider agreements, antitrust, fraud and abuse, licensing, Medicare, Medicaid, HIPAA (privacy and security), compliance programs, and other legislative and regulatory issues.