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Deborah L. Rice-Johnson

Deb Rice-JohnsonDeborah L. Rice-Johnson is president of Highmark Inc. In this role, Ms. Rice-Johnson is responsible for providing senior leadership and strategic direction for Highmark’s core health insurance business, serving 5.3 million customers and managing more than $15 billion in revenue. Additionally, she has responsibility for product development, provider networks and reimbursement, clinical services, sales, and operations. Ms. Rice-Johnson is also responsible for Highmark’s insurance-based subsidiaries: United Concordia Dental (UCD) and HM Insurance Group (HMIG).


Ms. Rice-Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in the health insurance industry. She has held a variety of management positions at Highmark and its predecessor company. Throughout her career, Ms. Rice-Johnson has developed a passion for improving the health care experience, particularly as it relates to oncology services. Additionally, she is committed to positively impacting the employment situation of our nation’s military veterans through championing private-sector hiring efforts.

In addition to her position at Highmark, Ms. Rice-Johnson serves on the boards of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Carlow University, the Duquesne Club, Blue Health Intelligence, and the Whitaker Center. Additionally, she serves as board chair of the Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania and as board president for Variety the Children’s Charity.

Ms. Rice-Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Carlow University. In 2014 she was named a Carlow Laureate, the University’s most prestigious alumni award recognizing those whose work, thought, and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership.

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