Robert A. Marino is President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. He was born and raised in New Jersey and has nearly four decades of experience in the Blue Cross Blue Shield system.
Mr. Marino began his health insurance career with Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey before taking a position with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in New York. At Empire BCBS, he served as Vice President of National Accounts and Assistant Vice President of Professional Benefits Administration.
Mr. Marino returned to New Jersey and served as Vice President, National Market Division and was promoted to Senior Vice President of the Market Business Units (Sales division) in 1997. In June 2008, he was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for directing and managing all operational activities of Horizon BCBSNJ. In his capacity as COO, the Senior Vice Presidents of Service, Healthcare Management, Information Technology, and Market Business Units reported to him.
Mr. Marino serves on a number of health insurance industry boards, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Board of Directors and previously served on its the Interplan Programs Committee. He also serves on the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Board of Directors. He has also served as past Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of the National Account Service Company (NASCO), a claims processing company servicing Blue plans.
Additionally, Mr. Marino serves on a number of charitable and community boards in his home state of New Jersey. He is a Board member of Choose NJ, a business group dedicated to expanding the state’s economy; a Trustee of the St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, NJ; a past Chairman and current member of the Executive Committee of the Newark Regional Business Partnership (NRBP); a Board member of the Newark Alliance; and an Executive Committee member of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Mr. Marino previously served as a Board member of the United Way of Essex and West Hudson and Chairman of its 1997 and 1998 Annual Campaigns. He also served as a Board member of the Essex County Heart Association and as the Annual Walk Chair in 2000.
Mr. Marino holds a B.A. degree in economics from Rutgers University. He and his wife, Lorraine, have two children and reside in North Caldwell, New Jersey.