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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Highmark Blue Shield names Chris Handley Vice President of Sales for Southeastern Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (April 11, 2023) — Highmark Blue Shield announced that Chris Handley has been named vice president of Sales for Southeastern Pennsylvania, continuing to build out a strong leadership team as the organization plans to roll out a variety of health insurance solutions in Southeastern Pennsylvania starting in 2024.

“Chris is a talented healthcare leader who has experience in the Southeastern Pennsylvania market, possesses deep knowledge of the business community’s top priorities, and takes pride in cultivating high-performing teams and future leaders,” said Daniel Tropeano, Highmark Blue Shield’s Southeastern Pennsylvania segment president. “Chris will help us create remarkable experiences—both for Highmark team members and the community.”

With more than 20 years of experience in the health insurance industry, Handley has a proven track record of increasing brand recognition, market share, and revenue while tailoring health benefits to customers’ needs. Handley most recently served as a vice president of Savoy, a consultative brokerage agency specializing in partnering with select insurance producers to grow and maintain their books of business.  While at Savoy, Handley also helped drive expansion efforts, while also leading multiple hiring and career development initiatives. Previously, he served as a senior account executive for UnitedHealthcare.

Handley earned a master’s in education from Penn State University and a BS in Telecommunications from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He serves as the president of the Pennsylvania Association of Health Underwriters, an organization representing health insurance agents and brokers committed to informing and protecting consumers by enhancing the professional growth of its members.

A longtime statewide company and the only Blue Shield licensee in Pennsylvania, Highmark Blue Shield plans to offer Southeastern Pennsylvania individuals and families a full suite of health insurance products for all segments (including Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Individual Affordable Care Act, Small Group Affordable Care Act, Large Group Fully Insured, Large Group Self-Insured) across 2024 and 2025, subject to regulatory approval. 

About Highmark Blue Shield 
Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Shield, protects Pennsylvania individuals and families with a range of high-quality, affordable and reliable health insurance solutions. As the only Blue Shield licensee in Pennsylvania, Highmark Blue Shield has a long and successful history of delivering remarkable experiences in Southeastern Pennsylvania through the Federal Employee Program. Beginning in 2024, Highmark plans to further strengthen its Southeastern Pennsylvania roots by introducing a full suite of employer-based and government health insurance products. Highmark Blue Shield earned a Brand Excellence Award from the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, in recognition of its efforts in building brand strength and providing superior customer service, solid financial performance and enrollment growth. Highmark is also annually recognized as a "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality" from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and a "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion" through the Disability Equality Index® a leading national benchmark established jointly by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN. Highmark Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit

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Leilyn Perri
Highmark Health