Gary St. Hilaire is the incoming CEO at Horizon BCBSNJ. St. Hilaire will take the helm of Horizon at a time of significant change. Legislation introduced last November would make it possible for Horizon to become a not-for-profit mutual and adopt the same corporate form as Blue’s plans in 18 other states. The new corporate form would preserve Horizon’s obligation to operate for the benefit of its members and its historic not-for-profit status, while allowing the company to better respond to a rapidly evolving health care marketplace by permitting increased investments in new technologies and innovations that positively impact members and the state economy.
Hilaire has served as president and chief executive officer of Capital Blue Cross, a Harrisburg, Pa. company that serves 21 counties in Central Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley. During his tenure as CEO, he led the enterprise’s transformation into a national diversified family of companies, driving innovation with patient-focused care models, growth in ancillary services, and leading-edge data analytics.
Under St. Hilaire’s leadership, Capital Blue Cross has grown its membership, acquired and launched new subsidiaries, achieved the JD Power Award for “Best in Member Satisfaction Among Commercial Health Plans” in Pennsylvania each of the last two years.
St. Hilaire first joined Capital Blue Cross in 2005 as chief financial officer. He was named president in 2010 before being appointed chief executive officer in 2012. Before his time at Capital Blue Cross, St. Hilaire had co-founded and served as chief financial officer of a health care technology company, served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and rose to vice president and corporate controller of a publicly traded managed care organization. He began his career in 1986 with Deloitte & Touche.