MVP Healthcare CEO David Oliker plans to step down early next year, MVP officials said Tuesday.
No successor has been announced. Denise Gonick, MVP vice president of administrative services and chief legal officer, is to lead the company under a new title, president of operations, while it transitions to new leadership.
Based in Schenectady, MVP is the Rochester area’s second-largest health insurance carrier, accounting for as much as 20 percent of the area’s commercial business. It entered the Rochester-area market in 2006 when it acquired the locally founded Preferred Care HMO. Oliker, 62, has headed MVP since its founding as the Mohawk Valley Plan HMO in 1982.
“The time is right for me to spend more time with my family as well as pursue other interests,” he said in a statement.
"We want to thank David for three decades of incredible leadership. His vision and leadership took this company from inception to a leading, innovative health insurance organization that has been recognized for accomplishment both locally and nationally,” MVP chairman Richard Ascoli M.D said. “We wish him well in whatever endeavors he chooses to pursue next. David will be missed.”
With a 650,000-member subscriber base, MVP operates across much of Upstate New York in a territory stretching from Albany to Rochester, and does business in Vermont and New Hampshire.
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