Blue Cross & Blue Shield RI Names New President

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


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After a meticulous yearlong search, Blue Cross & Blue Shield RI announced yesterday that Peter Andruszkiewicz would be appointed their next president and CEO.

Current President James E. Purcell will step down in late May, but will remain onboard in advisory capacity through the end of 2011.

For the past three years Andruszkiewicz has worked as President of the Kaiser Goundation Health Plan of Georgia, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan. His background in health insurance extends beyond that though, including experience in sales and marketing at Kaiser, CIGNA HealthCare, and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of the National Capital Area.

“Peter Andruszkiewicz’s track record of working collaboratively with providers, customers and other stakeholders to improve the healthcare system make him the ideal choice to continue the transformative work started by Jim Purcell,” said Deborah R. Jacobson, BCBSRI Board Chair.

Opportunity in ‘Deep local relationships’

In Atlanta, Andruszkiewicz is an active community member, having served on the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta YMCA. His roots, however, are in New England. A native of Salem, Massachusetts, Andruszkiewicz graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts and currently serves on its board of trustees.

“Although I’ve enjoyed working for larger organizations in other parts of the country, Rhode Island’s size and deep local relationships provide such a unique opportunity to have a real impact on helping people live healthier lives,” said Andruszkiewicz. “I grew up just north of Boston, have family in the Providence area, and am really looking forward to coming home to New England.”

In order to find their next president, BCBSRI hired the national search firm Spencer Stuart, to assist them. Over the course of the search, Spencer Stuart interviewed a total of 124 candidates before finally settling on Andruszkiewicz.

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