PITTSBURGH (Aug. 20, 2019) — Highmark Health today announced that Leo Gerard, former international president at United Steelworkers (USW), has been named to its board of directors effective immediately.
As international president, Gerard championed many international alliances and worldwide networks which resulted in the formation of the first trans-Atlantic union, as well as the historic founding of the Industrial Global Union, a federation that includes more than 50 million workers in 140 countries. In 2013, Gerard was appointed by the Obama administration to serve on the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee to create jobs and enhance the nation’s competitiveness, and continues to work with the current administration to advance the interests of USW members.
A co-founder of the Blue Green Alliance (BGA), the now 11 year-old labor-environmental partnership, Gerard also serves on the boards of the Campaign for America’s Future, the Economic Policy Institute and the Elderly Housing Development & Operations Corp., as well as serving as a member of the labor advisory board at Wayne State University in Detroit. He also chairs the advisory board of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario.
"Leo has spent his lifetime fighting to preserve and create safe, union-wage jobs for USW members and their families through policy, advocacy, and collaboration,” stated Joseph Guyaux, chairman of the board, Highmark Health. “Leo brings to the board that same level of dedication, passion, and commitment to improving the quality of life in our region, and we are grateful to have him join us in our journey to transform health care.”
Visit Highmark Health's leadership page to learn more about the organization's executive team and board of directors.
Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA-based enterprise that employs more than 43,000 people who serve millions of Americans across the country, is the second largest integrated health care delivery and financing network in the nation based on revenue. Highmark Health is the parent company of Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, and HM Health Solutions. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates provide health insurance to 4.5 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware as well as dental insurance, vision care, and related health products through a national network of diversified businesses that include United Concordia Companies, HM Insurance Group, and Visionworks. Allegheny Health Network is the parent company of an integrated delivery network that includes eight hospitals, more than 2,300 affiliated physicians, ambulatory surgery centers, an employed physician organization, home and community-based health services, a research institute, a group purchasing organization, and health and wellness pavilions in western Pennsylvania. HM Health Solutions focuses on meeting the information technology platform and other business needs of the Highmark Health enterprise as well as unaffiliated health insurance plans by providing proven business processes, expert knowledge, and integrated cloud-based platforms. To learn more, visit www.highmarkhealth.org.