Dr. Bill Winkenwerder Jr., a nationally known health care strategist with extensive leadership experience in the Department of Defense and the private health sector, was elected to the WPS Board of Directors in 2016.
He is Chairman at CitiusTech and Chairman and CEO of Winkenwerder Strategies, LLC, a health care advisory and investment firm. He is an expert in health care finance, health insurance operations, federal health policy, and new technologies.
From 2001 to 2007, Winkenwerder was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.
From 2012 to 2014, Winkenwerder was president and CEO of Highmark Health, a Pennsylvania-based diversified insurance and health care enterprise. Highmark Health operates Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in multiple states, and provides dental insurance, vision care, and other health services. Highmark Health also operates Allegheny Health Network, comprised of seven hospitals and more than 2,500 affiliated physicians.
Earlier in his career, he held senior leadership positions at Blue Cross of Massachusetts, Prudential Healthcare, and Emory University.
Winkenwerder is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a board-certified physician who practiced primary-care medicine.
A graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Winkenwerder received a master of business administration degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.