Heyward R. Donigan

Heyward R. Donigan

Heyward Donigan is President and Chief Executive Officer of ValueOptions®, a health improvement company that specializes in mental and emotional wellbeing and recovery.

She is a recognized leader in the managed care industry, and has 30 years of experience in all facets of health plan business, including network management, contracting, sales and marketing, product development, and operations.

Before joining ValueOptions, Ms. Donigan was the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Premera Blue Cross – a dominant insurer in the states of Washington, Alaska and Oregon. While at Premera, she also chaired the Board of Directors of Consortium Health Plans, an organization that supports Blue Cross and Blue Shield® Plans to drive their national accounts strategies. 

Prior to joining Premera, Ms. Donigan held senior management positions at Cigna Health Care, including Senior Vice President of Service Operations and President of the company’s Southeast region. Earlier in her career, she held senior management roles at Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, General Electric, U.S. Healthcare and Partners Health Plans.

Ms. Donigan graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She received a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University.