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Denise Gonick

Former President & CEO, MVP Health Care

Denise V. Gonick is an executive wholly committed to inspiring action that brings real value to people and improves their lives. She has extensive experience leading strategy and execution and executive management in a highly regulated and complex corporate environment.

Denise was most recently the CEO of MVP Health Care, a $3.5 billion, mission-based health care company that employs 1,800 people. During her 7 years as CEO, MVP successfully diversified its portfolio of offerings, completed a major acquisition, delivered strong financial results and became the second largest Company headquartered in the Capital Region. Denise’s commitment to fostering a diverse and accountable culture helped MVP become one of the top large Companies to work for in New York State. The Company has also been recognized extensively for its commitment to the communities it serves.

A lawyer by profession, Denise began her tenure with MVP in 1995 as associate counsel and soon was named Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel. Her responsibilities steadily expanded over the years, growing to include administration, operations and strategy. She was appointed President & CEO in 2012. Before joining MVP, she practiced public sector labor law.

Respected for her talents as a collaborative and strategic thinker, Denise is often sought after to take on leadership roles in statewide and local business and not-for-profit organizations. She currently serves as Chair of the New York State Health Plan Association and is a past chair of the New York State Business Council and the Capital Region Chamber. She is frequent speaker on the topics of health care, leadership, women in business and diversity in the workplace. Denise also mentors many young and well-seasoned professionals on a variety of business issues.

Denise has been recognized with many awards, most recently including the Albany Business Review’s inaugural 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, the Women’s Fund of the Capital Region’s Trailblazer Award and City & State Magazine’s Health Power 50. She was also honored to be named a Woman of Excellence by the Capital Region Chamber and to receive the College of St. Rose Community of Excellence award.
Denise also serves on several non-profit boards, including Proctors Theater in Schenectady, NY and the Women’s Leadership Institute Advisory Board of the College of St. Rose. She is a graduate of Hofstra University and earned her JD from Albany Law School.