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Sarah Ahmad, MBA, MA

by Jasmine Batchelor

May 18, 2018

Senior Vice President, Innovation and Transformation Strategy,
Highmark Health

Sarah Ahmad is senior vice president of innovation and transformation strategy for Pittsburgh-based Highmark Health, a national health and wellness organization and America’s second largest integrated financing and system (IDFS) based on revenue.

In her role, Ms. Ahmad serves as a key leader in driving the organization’s goal to transform health care to a human-centered, value-based model that delivers comprehensive, affordable, high-quality health care services to customers and communities. She leads a talented team that spearheads innovation and strategy programs at Highmark Health that include VITAL, a new evidence generation business; a human centered design practice and accelerator; and a cross-functional team driving the value-based care strategy.

An accomplished health care executive and explorer, Ms. Ahmad is proud to have focused her career on transforming health care so that it’s easier for people to access the best care and achieve their best health. She is passionate about empowering customers, delivering optimal care experiences, and forging creative partnerships and solutions to fuel healthcare transformation.

Prior to joining Highmark Health, Ms. Ahmad worked at Humana Health Care. During her 20-year tenure, she led the charge to apply design thinking to develop chronic condition solutions that resulted in better health outcomes and lower costs. While at Humana, she held key leadership roles in product development, clinical operations, network development and innovation.

Ms. Ahmad earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Tulane University, a Master of Arts in Health Services Management from Webster University, and an MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville.

Ms. Ahmad and her husband are the proud parents of two children and the caregivers of two dogs. She serves on the board of directors for the Tull Family Theater and is an avid marathon runner who’s crossed the finish lines in New York City, Napa Valley, New Orleans and Chicago.