William Winkenwerder Jr., MD - Director
Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr. is the Chairman and CEO of Winkenwerder Strategies, a healthcare advisory and investment firm. He is an influential and very well recognized leader in American healthcare, with experience in medical care, healthcare finance and health insurance operations. Dr. Winkenwerder currently serves on the board of directors for several healthcare technology and services firms.
Dr. Winkenwerder served as Chief Executive Officer of Highmark Inc. till May 2014. Highmark is among the ten largest US health insurers and is the third largest integrated financing and delivery system, with $17.5 billion in annual revenues, based in Pittsburgh, PA, operating Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in three states and a $2.5 billion integrated hospital-physician network in western PA.
From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Winkenwerder served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs handling 132,000 personnel, 9.2 million beneficiaries worldwide and an annual budget of $40 billion. Before that, he held senior leadership positions at Blue Cross of Massachusetts, Prudential Healthcare and Emory University. Dr. Winkenwerder is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a board certified physician who has practiced primary care medicine.
Dr. Winkenwerder graduated from the Davidson College and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He received his Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.