F.G. "Chip" Merkel
Executive Vice President, Diversified Businesses, Highmark Inc.
F.G. "Chip" Merkel was named executive vice president of diversified businesses for Highmark Inc. in 2015.
In this role, Mr. Merkel is responsible for HM Insurance Group in Pittsburgh, a Highmark diversified business that offers stop loss and managed care reinsurance nationally, and workers' compensation products in Pennsylvania, and also retains his leadership role as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board at United Concordia Dental, another Highmark Inc. subsidiary that offers dental insurance and solutions focused on improving oral and overall wellness.
Mr. Merkel oversees the companies' day-to-day activities, including finance, operations, information technology, underwriting, sales, human resources, provider relations, marketing, and product development. He also leads their strategy and development efforts.
Previously, Mr. Merkel served as president and chief operating officer of United Concordia Dental, as well as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, responsible for sales and marketing corporate strategy, product development, and provider relations.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the health care and insurance industries. Prior to joining United Concordia Dental in 1998, Mr. Merkel worked for Coventry/Health America as the chief executive officer of plans in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and Virginia.
Mr. Merkel holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Pennsylvania State University and has been a member of nearly 30 boards and associations during his career.