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Gonick will step down as CEO of MVP Health Care

Gonick will step down as CEO of MVP Health Care

Has worked 24 years at Schenectady-based health insurance provider
Gonick will step down as CEO of MVP Health Care
MVP Health Care CEO Denise Gonick is shown in February 2018.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

SCHENECTADY — MVP Health Care CEO Denise Gonick is leaving the company at the end of the summer, the health insurer announced Thursday.

Gonick, 52, who began her tenure with MVP in 1995, was appointed president of operations in 2012 and then the president and CEO later in the year. During her time as CEO, Gonick led MVP through the “adoption and subsequent scaling back” of the Affordable Care Act and “spearheaded the acquisition” of Hudson Health Plan in 2013, the company said in a news release.

MVP, under Gonick’s lead, is now ranked as the second-largest company based in the Capital Region, according to the Albany Business Review.

“MVP is now in a position of great strength and I take pride in knowing that I have accomplished everything I set out to do during my tenure, most importantly building a strong, competitive market position for the company,” Gonick said in a statement. “Health care today exists in a rapidly changing environment and this is a good time to make a change in leadership to take MVP into the future,” said Gonick.

The Business Journals recently named Gonick to the national “Influencers: People We’re Watching in 2019” list and City and State Magazine included her as one of the 50 most powerful people in health care in New York State. 

She will continue to serve as the Business Council of New York State’s co-chair and as chair of New York Health Plan Association through the end of 2019.

“Denise’s leadership and dedication to our company and our members has been unrivaled,” said MVP’s Board Chair, Alan Goldberg.  “The results speak for themselves.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, we extend our appreciation for a job well done and wish her much success as she pursues her many passions.” 

Gonick said she’s still excited to find “new ways to contribute.”

“I will continue my work on corporate boards, which I enjoy greatly, and mentor the next generation of leaders,” Gonick said. “After 24 years at one large company, I also look forward to engaging in more entrepreneurial pursuits, expanding my family’s existing efforts to support social mission ventures, and back a variety of philanthropic and business-related causes that align with these objectives."

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