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“CEO Conversations” spring 2010 series wraps up with Dr. Kenneth R. Melani

4/13/2010 —
The final event in the spring 2010 CEO Conversations series at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus features Dr. Kenneth R. MelaniDr. Kenneth R. Melani, president and CEO of Highmark Inc. This free event, open to the public, will be held April 21 at 12:30 p.m. in the Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium in the Fayette campus’ Community Center.

In 2003, Dr. Melani was appointed as president and CEO of Highmark Inc., which operates as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Western Pennsylvania, Highmark Blue Shield in Central Pennsylvania, and Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield in West Virginia. Highmark’s 19,000 employees serve more than 23 million people nationwide through health, dental, vision, and life and casualty insurance products and services.

Dr. Melani began his career with Highmark in 1989 as corporate medical director in the medical affairs department. Prior to his appointment as president and CEO, he held the position of executive vice president of strategic business development and health services, and was president of Keystone Health Plan West, Highmark’s managed care subsidiary.

Before joining Highmark, Dr. Melani was president and CEO of West Penn Care Inc., a holding company for several health care ventures. A summa cum laude graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a doctorate of medicine from the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Dr. Melani completed his residency in internal medicine at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in 1982.

Dr. Melani is also board certified in internal medicine and is a member of the Allegheny County Medical Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He is chairman of the board of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Variety, the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh, and serves as a board member of several other organizations as well. One of Dr. Melani’s many accolades is the 2007 Paul Lackner Person of Vision Award awarded to him by the Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh for his dedication to building stronger communities.
An initiative of the late Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel I. Osagie, CEO Conversations is designed to give students the opportunity to hear from and talk with key individuals in the local, regional and national business communities about business, entrepreneurship and leadership, but the events are free and open to the public. CEO Conversations debuted in fall 2007 with local businessman, philanthropist, and former Fayette County Commissioner Joseph A. Hardy III as the guest speaker. Guest speakers have also included Attorney General Tom Corbett and Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon; Sheetz Inc. Chairman Stephen Sheetz; American Eagle Outfitters CEO James O’Donnell; Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack; Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl; Allegheny Construction Group Owner and President Laura Deklewa; Pittsburgh Penguins CEO Ken Sawyer; the First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Marjorie Rendell; chairman emeritus of Burt Hill John Kosar; chairman of Westinghouse Electric Company Steve Tritch; Philips Healthcare CEO Don Spence; MSA President and CEo William Lambert; and president and CEO of Whitney, Bradley & Brown Inc. William McMullen.
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