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Independence Blue Cross

Member since 2010

Gregory E. Deavens

President and Chief Executive Officer

Gregory E. Deavens, CPA*, CGMA, is president and chief executive officer of Independence Health Group (Independence), parent of Independence Blue Cross, one of the nation’s leading health insurers. He assumed the role in January 2021.

Mr. Deavens joined Independence in 2017 as executive vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer. In this capacity, he led the company’s financial functions as well as its Actuarial, Underwriting, and Enterprise Risk Management organizations.

Prior to joining Independence, Mr. Deavens was employed by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) where he served as corporate controller from 2012 to 2016 and as CFO for the U.S. Insurance business from 2006 to 2012. Before joining MassMutual, Mr. Deavens held senior financial roles at NY Life, CIGNA, and GE Capital. Mr. Deavens began his career in public accounting with Price Waterhouse where he specialized in financial services while working in the firm’s New York, London, and St. Louis offices.

Mr. Deavens currently serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of Hartford HealthCare. He also serves on the boards of Alegeus; Quartet Health; the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which represents Blue plans covering more than 100 million Americans; America’s Health Insurance Plans; and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. As part of his responsibilities at Independence, he serves on the boards of AmeriHealth Caritas, Tandigm Health, AmeriHealth Assurance, BCS Financial Corporation, and International Plan Solutions. His current and former board service include roles as board chair or vice chair as well as chair of Finance, Audit & Compliance, Investment, and other committees.

He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (*CPA Inactive).

Mr. Deavens holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Florida A&M University. 

CEO Cancer Gold Standard™

Gold Standard  Employer

Since 2009


As a leading health insurer in our region, our mission is to enhance the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve. We lead by example, and our Gold Standard accreditation demonstrates our commitment to a culture of health and wellness. There is no better investment for our associates, our business and our community. I ask that you consider the benefits of accreditation and become a Gold Standard company.

— Gregory E. Deavens

Gold Standard  Task Force Participation

Task Force Co-Chair, Accreditation Review Board & Member: Karen J. Walters, Clinical Services Support Director

Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we now serve nearly 8.5 million people in 32 states and Washington, D.C., including more than 2.5 million in the region. For nearly 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness.