Cory R. Harris Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Cory Harris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa, and earned both his Master of Business Administration degree and Juris Doctorate from Drake University, where he graduated with high honors and Order of the Coif.
Harris is the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Wellmark, Inc., a mutual insurance company owned by its members and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Harris also serves in executive positions for Wellmark's affiliated entities including chairman, chief executive officer and president of Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc., a health maintenance organization, and chief executive officer of Wellmark of South Dakota, Inc., a health insurance company and third-party administrator. Wellmark and its subsidiary organizations serve more than 2 million individuals across Iowa and South Dakota.
Through his combined roles, Harris is responsible for driving Wellmark's enterprise-wide operations and performance in all areas of the company. He oversees the prioritization and execution of the long-term business strategies, initiatives, and innovative efforts that support Wellmark's vision to create a sustainable health care market.
Harris is committed to making health care better. He is dedicated to driving team-focused, collaborative, cross-functional excellence across organizational lines, while focusing on growth, financial strength, and operating efficiencies that contribute to Wellmark's long-term success. Having spent much of his career shaping policy and improving operational efficiencies in health care, Harris brings a unique perspective to understanding the complexities of and seizing opportunities within Wellmark's highly regulated environment. With an unwavering focus on the foundation of the company — doing what is in the best interest of its members — Harris is committed to achieving the company's long-term strategic goals.
Harris has served as a member of the company's senior leadership team since joining Wellmark in 2011. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Wellmark Foundation, a private, nonprofit foundation whose mission is to fund initiatives that support community-based wellness and prevention initiatives that positively impact the well-being of Iowans and South Dakotans.