Who: Paul Markovich
New role: Elected chairman of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, a federation of 36 independent Blues companies.
Background: Since January 2013, Markovich has served as CEO of Blue Shield of California, a not-for-profit health plan with more than $17 billion in annual revenue and 4 million members.
Goal-oriented: "I'm eager to engage the board in a dialogue about how we can work collectively as Blue plans to positively impact the healthcare system. I'm passionate about bringing healthcare into the digital age, but that is only one of many opportunities we have to make a difference."
Next up: "Our biggest industry challenge in 2018 is probably to create the conditions for both the individual market and Medicaid to be sustainable. We will need to work closely with policymakers to meet this challenge, and we look forward to doing so."