AHIP President And CEO Karen Ignagni To Lead EmblemHealth; AHIP EVP Dan Durham Appointed Interim CEO

posted by Clare Krusing

on May 21, 2015

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Board Chairman Mark B. Ganz, CEO and President of Cambia Health Solutions, released the following statement:

“Today the Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Karen Ignagni as president and chief executive officer of AHIP.  The board is grateful for Karen’s twenty-two years of service to the association and industry. As the voice of our industry, she has worked tirelessly on our behalf with acumen that is unmatched.  As the Board Chair of AHIP, I have had the honor and pleasure of working with Karen and witnessed her incredible skill.

On behalf of the board, we not only want to thank Karen for her service but offer our congratulations as she begins her next chapter. We are pleased to continue our work with Karen as she joins an AHIP member company, EmblemHealth, as President and CEO.

As the health insurance industry’s top representative in Washington, Karen has successfully navigated intense challenges from the Patient’s Bill of Rights to the Affordable Care Act.  With tenacity, intellect and deep policy knowledge, she ensured our industry has a seat at all tables. Perhaps her greatest contributions have been highlighting the value and innovations of this industry.

Since joining the organization in 1993, Karen has won many accolades for her leadership. Washingtonian named her one of the Top Three ‘Top Guns’ of all trade association heads. Modern Healthcare magazine routinely ranks her among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare. The New York Times wrote, ‘In a city teaming with health care lobbyists, Ms. Ignagni is widely considered one of the most effective. She blends a detailed knowledge of health policy with an intuitive feel for politics.’ Fortune described the political program Ms. Ignagni spearheaded at AAHP as ‘worthy of a presidential election bid.’

The Board of Directors will immediately launch a national search for her successor.  While we conduct our search, the board has appointed Dan Durham, Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, as interim CEO.

Dan has over thirty years of leadership experience with major policy and regulatory issues, primarily in the health care field. Prior to his current role, Dan served as Executive Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs at AHIP and led health care reform implementation efforts and policy activities.  Before joining AHIP, he was Vice President for Policy at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America where he played a leadership role during health care reform and implementation of the Medicare prescription drug program.  Dan has also served in high-level policy positions in the federal government at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Social Security Administration, and the Office of Management and Budget.  He also held key policy positions at AARP and the California Legislative Analyst’s Office.

Dan and the senior team of the association have the full confidence of the board as they continue to drive the industry’s priorities forward.”


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