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Kevin J. Conlin

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey

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Kevin Conlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Government Business Markets


  • Duke University
  • Rutgers University


Kevin P. Conlin is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. He is responsible for directing and managing all business activities of Horizon BCBSNJ, ensuring the implementation of company-wide strategy and driving operational excellence throughout the organization.

Prior to his current role, Conlin oversaw provider relationships across Horizon BCBSNJ’s networks and was responsible for the Government Programs division, which provides dedicated focus and accountability for our government business markets (Medicaid, Medicare and Medigap).

Conlin has 25 years of executive management experience in health care, with a concentration in hospital systems, provider management, and managed care business. Conlin has an extensive and diverse background in the hospital industry where he has held several executive management positions.

Prior to joining Horizon BCBSNJ in 2012, Conlin served as Executive Vice President at Coventry Healthcare where he headed the company’s medical management, national contracting, and provider relations departments. He was instrumental in leading innovative partnerships with health systems and physician groups.

Conlin also served as President & CEO of Via Christi Health, a Kansas-based integrated health system with eight hospitals, a health insurance company, senior care facilities, physician practices, and home-based and outpatient services. Before joining Via Christi Health, he was President of Cross Country Consulting. Prior to that engagement, Conlin was President & CEO of Partners First, a subsidiary of Ascension Health.

Conlin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Duke University.