The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.

David W. Anderson

President and CEO

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and BlueShield of Northeastern New York

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David Anderson

Areas of Expertise

  • Cost Innovation
  • Healthcare Delivery

Education

  • Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business

Biography

Dave Anderson joined BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and BlueShield of Northeastern New York in July 2013 as the company’s seventh president and CEO. He is a seasoned health insurance executive with national experience and a strong track record of successfully engaging and managing organizations.

Anderson leads the company with a focus on its corporate goals and mission: to develop and provide innovative and cost-effective health care delivery solutions to support the needs of its members, stakeholders and communities.

Before taking the helm of BCBS WNY and BS NENY, Anderson was CEO of UnitedHealthcare’s Southern California Health Plan, based in Cypress, Calif. He was unanimously selected for his current leadership position after a five-month search and hiring process.

Anderson is a longtime healthcare industry executive, having started as a broker in 1980 after graduating from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a bachelor's degree in finance. He’s been an entrepreneur, an executive in many facets of the health insurance industry, and is well-versed in competitive and highly regulated health care markets.

A Fort Wayne, Ind., native, Anderson was senior vice president and chief sales officer of Health Net of California from 2003-06; senior vice president for PPO products at Health Net Life Insurance Co. from 2001-03; and president of Health Net Dental and Vision Cos. in 2000-02.