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Daniel J. Hilferty

President and CEO

Independence Blue Cross

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Daniel J. Hilferty

Areas of Expertise


  • St. Joseph’s University
  • American Unversity


Daniel J. Hilferty is president and chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross, one of the nation’s leading health insurers. Since Mr. Hilferty became CEO in 2010, the number of people the company and its affiliates serve has tripled to more than 8.5 million in 29 states and Washington, D.C., including nearly 2.5 million in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Mr. Hilferty’s vision is to lead the transformation of health care in America, seeking innovative technologies and new models of care that will increase the quality and lower the cost of care. He led the creation of the Independence Blue Cross Center for Health Care Innovation and launched Tandigm Health, a unique joint venture that arms primary care physicians with the tools and data needed to better manage chronic conditions and deliver more personalized care. He has built business collaborations with world-renowned institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania to conduct cutting-edge research and partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans and other leaders in health care to purchase dynamic health care companies, including AmeriHealth Caritas, one of the country’s largest Medicaid managed care companies.

Mr. Hilferty is a sought-after speaker on leadership, transforming health care, and the role of technology and big data. Mr. Hilferty has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and other national media. He’s among a select group of nonpartisan health care leaders that President Obama reached out to for advice on implementing health care reform.

Mr. Hilferty serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. He also serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of America’s Health Insurance Plans and on the boards of Tandigm Health and BCS Financial, an innovation partner for Blue companies. In 2015, he served as cochair on the executive leadership cabinet of the World Meeting of Families.

Deeply committed to the Philadelphia region, Mr. Hilferty serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia, and FS Investment Corporation III.

Mr. Hilferty earned his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and then served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps running a community center in Portland, Oregon. After earning a Master of Public Administration degree from American University, he returned to the Philadelphia area where he lives with his wife, Joan. The couple has five children: Coeli, Maris, Dan, John, and Matt.