Errol Pierre is the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Empire BlueCross BlueShield, the largest health insurer in New York State. In this role, he is accountable for profit/loss, sales and retention for the Individual business lines. Additionally, he provides strategic and operational direction for the company, which includes the execution of the annual growth strategy, the development of strategies related to network management, medical management, and cost of care analysis. He indirectly oversees enrollment and billing, claims, and customer service for all commercial customers in New York. Lastly, he drives local marketing, public and government relation activities and oversees product development. Errol’s career in health care actually started at Empire BlueCross BlueShield as an intern in 2003. Throughout his tenure, he held various leadership roles in Sales and Strategy until leaving the company as the Chief of Staff to the President and CEO.
Prior to Empire, Errol spent 5 years at Healthfirst, the largest Medicaid and Medicare health plan in New York City and Long Island serving close to 1.4 million members. He left as the Vice President of Medicaid and Commercial Markets where he launched various products including the Qualified Health Plan (QHP), the Essential Plan (EP), the Health and Recovery Program (HARP), and the Commercial EPO products sold through Healthfirst’s commercial insurance subsidiary, which he spearheaded. He also led Retail and a Sales team of over 500 employees.
A Bronx, New York resident, Errol graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He later obtained a Master’s degree in Health Policy and Financial Management from New York University. He is an adjunct professor for Molloy College teaching Health Economics in their Healthcare MBA program.
In his spare time, Errol volunteers for various non-profit organizations. He serves as a board member of the West Side YMCA. He is a board member and co-Chair of the One Hundred Black Men Health & Wellness Committee. Lastly, he mentors both high school students and Fordham undergraduates in the Bronx. In 2014, Errol was recognized as one of The Network Journal’s 40 under 40 for his volunteer efforts. In 2015, he was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year for the YMCA of Greater NY and awarded the Percy Allen, II Healthcare Award from the NY Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE).
Errol enjoys classic R&B music, running, politics, and singing. In 2010 he released a Hiphop album called Seven Deadly Sins. It was an album he performed in front of hundreds of fans opening up for Three 6 Mafia at Club Overboard in Destin, FL on February 19, 2010.