Premera Hires Two Executives to Join Leadership Team

  • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. — (September 12, 2018) — Premera Blue Cross, Washington's leading health plan, announced the hiring of two executives that will help shape the company’s provider partnerships and foster collaboration with policymakers.

    Lee Mills McGrath, previously from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), will serve as Senior Vice President of Provider Strategy and Solutions.

    McGrath will be a key member of the senior leadership team in the Healthcare Services Division at Premera. She will be accountable for developing and executing Premera's health care access strategy, including the deployment of value-based health care initiatives.

    While working for BCBSIL as divisional vice president of Network Innovation and Strategy at BCBSIL, McGrath helped launch the first episode of care model in orthopedics. In addition, she developed and implemented BCBSIL’s first value-based care contracts in Medicaid and Medicare Advantage.

    Gary Strannigan will serve as Vice President of Congressional and Legislative Affairs.

    Strannigan will be a key member of the leadership team in the Corporate Services Division at Premera. He will be responsible for representing and promoting the company’s position on public policy issues to legislators and regulators. He will develop and direct the company’s legislative strategies and programs involving federal, state and local governments across Washington state and Alaska.

    Strannigan comes to Premera following 16 years at Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance where he led state legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts in nine western states along with serving as national lead on autonomous vehicles. Strannigan is an engineer, patent-holding inventor, former aircraft accident investigator and former Washington state Senator (38th dist.; 1995-1999).

    Lee McGrath
    Lee McGrath

    Gary Strannigan
    Gary Strannigan


    About Premera

    Premera Blue Cross, a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association based in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., is a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, providing comprehensive health benefits and tailored services to approximately 2 million people, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies.


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    Bo Jungmayer
    Premera Blue Cross
    206-921-0717
    Bo.Jungmayer@premera.com