Harvard Pilgrim Health Care announced Wednesday that Eric Schultz will become its next CEO, replacing Charlie Baker who left the plan to run for Governor. Eric has served for 10 years as the CEO of Fallon Community Health Plan in Worcester. Eric is a very good and seasoned health plan executive. More importantly, he is a great guy and I wish him all the success in his new role. Harvard Pilgrim is lucky to get him.
I also want to say a word about the guy who didn't get the job: Bruce Bullen, the long-serving Harvard Pilgrim COO. Many don't know that Bruce served as the state's Medicaid Director for 10 years and transformed that program to become one of the best in the country. Having served briefly in that role, I have a sense of how hard it is. But Bruce made it look easy. He was responsible for the first federal waiver (under the Weld Administration), which served as the foundation on which health reform in the state was able to happen. And then he went on to help Charlie turn around Harvard Pilgrim. He is an exceptional and smart executive and I know he will go on to continued success in whatever endeavor he decides to pursue.