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Independence Health Group announces key organizational changes

By February 17, 2021March 14th, 2023Company Updates Featured Leadership Press Releases

Expanded roles will promote a seamless experience across all of the company’s lines of business

Philadelphia, PA — February 16, 2021 Independence Health Group (Independence) announced the following key organizational changes, effective immediately:

  • Mike Sullivan is taking on an expanded leadership role as chief sales officer and president of Commercial Markets. Sullivan now has responsibility for sales and retention across all fully insured and self-funded commercial segments: Large and national employers, consumer, and small – and mid-market. Prior to his new role, he served as senior vice president and president of Diversified Business at Independence. Sullivan continues to report to Brian Lobley, EVP, chief operating officer and president of Health Markets.
  • Brett Mayfield is now senior vice president and market president of Local Markets overseeing new business and retention of fully insured and self-funded consumer, small-, and mid-market segments for Independence Blue Cross and Independence Administrators. Mayfield had been senior vice president of Sales. He reports to Mike Sullivan.
  • Peter Panageas is now senior vice president and market president of National Markets focused on new business and retention for all Independence Blue Cross and Independence Administrators groups with 1,000+ members. This includes large local, national, health and welfare, education, and the Federal Employee Program (FEP). Panageas had been senior vice president of Sales and Client Management. He reports to Mike Sullivan.

“As the health care industry evolves, so does Independence. We are continually looking at ways to best serve and support our customers,” said Lobley. “These key client leadership changes will allow us to align resources across our companies and deliver our unique products and solutions to the businesses who count on us.”

The changes will mean customers, brokers, and consultants of Independence will have a seamless experience across all of the company’s lines of business.

“This strategic shift will allow us to better collaborate and adapt quickly to meet the needs of our clients,” said Sullivan. “Ultimately, our goal is to make it easy for our customers, consultants, and brokers to engage and do business with us.”

 About Independence Health Group
Independence Health Group, together with its subsidiaries, serves more than 8 million people nationwide. Independence serves consumers and employer groups ranging from small businesses to national corporations. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Independence Health Group is a diversified company offering a wide range of services including commercial, Medicare and Medicaid medical coverage, and third-party benefits administration. Independence Health Group, Independence Blue Cross, and Independence Administrators are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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