March 23, 2016

BOSTON – The GIC voted yesterday to confirm a new Executive Director. The near-unanimous board vote authorized the Commission to extend an offer to Dr. Roberta Herman of Navigant Consulting, a former Chief Operating Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and primary care physician. The new executive director will replace long-time GIC lead Dolores Mitchell, who announced her retirement in December after 29 years at the GIC. Dr. Herman's start date will be announced at a later date.

"Dr. Herman will bring crucial skills and experience to this very important position, including her impressive accomplishments as a physician and a quality improvement innovator,” said Katherine Baicker, Chair of the GIC Commissioners. “GIC enrollees and the people of the Commonwealth will benefit enormously from her leadership."

“We are extremely fortunate to have a new executive director with Dr. Herman’s diverse and extensive background,” said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance and member of the GIC Board. “Roberta brings over 25-years of healthcare experience as both a primary care physician and as a top-executive for one of the country’s largest, most successful health care plans. Her skillset will be instrumental to ensuring that the GIC continues to improve and adapt along with the healthcare industry for years to come.” 

“I am honored to be asked to serve as the next Executive Director for the GIC.” said Dr. Roberta Herman. “I would like to acknowledge Dolores Mitchell for her leadership and dedication over the last three decades. There are big shoes left for me to fill. I look forward to working with the Board of Commissioners and GIC staff to provide high-value health insurance and other benefits to state employees, retirees, and their survivors and dependents.”

Dr. Herman is currently a Director for Navigant Consulting’s Healthcare Practice, where she focuses on issues concerning industry strategy and payment transformation. Prior to joining Navigant, she served as Chief Operating Officer for Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare from 2009 to 2013 and oversaw the implementation of healthcare reform at the state and federal level. Prior to being named the COO, Dr. Herman served in a variety of roles for Harvard Pilgrim, including Chief Medical Officer for Harvard Pilgrim. She began her career as a primary care internist, still teaches classes at Harvard Medical School, and is an annual guest lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health.   

The GIC was established by the Legislature in 1955 to provide and administer health insurance and other benefits to the Commonwealth's employees and retirees, and their dependents and survivors. The GIC also covers housing and redevelopment authorities' personnel, participating municipalities, and retired municipal employees and teachers in certain governmental units. The GIC is a quasi-independent state agency governed by a seventeen-member Commission appointed by the Governor.

For any questions, please contact:
Cindy McGrath, GIC
617-727-2310 ext. 7009

This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission.