President & CEO
Capital Blue Cross
He oversees all major facets of Capital Blue Cross’ business operations, including overall performance, diversification strategy, subsidiary governance, finance, risk exposure, strategic partnerships and growth. Shamash’s overarching responsibility is to ensure Capital BlueCross’ place as a leading health plan in one of the country’s most competitive healthcare environments.
Shamash has been with Capital Blue Cross since 2012 and became CEO in April 2020.
In his current role, he’s proud of helping Capital Blue Cross make a positive, tangible impact in its communities. “In prior public service, I’m proud of my work supporting efforts like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and developing other mechanisms to help people access healthcare, like the Healthy Pennsylvania initiative and Medicaid expansion,” Shamash said.
Important life lessons: You can have knowledge, expertise and be educated, but it’s how you constructively work with people – communicate clearly, listen intently and earnestly and, yes, how you treat people – that really makes the difference, not just day to day, but over time. People remember if you are approachable and willing to help.
Shamash said his favorite fun moments involve family activities. “Watching my kids experience things, playing sports, with me or having me as a spectator. Taking a hike together, and the moments when we turn off the devices and play a board game. That’s when the laughter occurs and where I find happiness,” he said.
This profile is part of Lehigh Valley Business' Power 100 list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at lvb.com or in our digital edition.