United Concordia Companies, a subsidiary of Highmark Company headquartered in Pennsylvania, has appointed Daniel Lebish as chairman and CEO, March 1, 2008.

Daniel Lebish will succeed Thomas Dzuryachko, who has announced his retirement after more than 36 years of service. In addition to his new role, Mr Lebish will remain as chairman, president and CEO of HM Insurance Group, a position he has held since 2002. Mr Lebish previously has served as senior vice president of business development for Highmark.

Mr Lebish also held several other positions in the health insurance and health care industry, including executive vice president with HealthAmerica and CFO and vice president of administrative services at Pittsburgh’s Magee-Womens Hospital. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St Norbert College and a master’s degree in health administration from Ohio State University.

Kenneth Melani, president and CEO of Highmark, said: We are grateful to Tom Dzuryachko for his many years of service to United Concordia, and the valuable contributions he has made to our dental company, which has become one of the largest in the country under his direction. Given Dan Lebish’s extensive executive experience, we are confident that United Concordia will be gaining a seasoned and respected leader who will continue to grow the dental business and enhance our presence throughout Pennsylvania, across the country and worldwide as Tom has done for many years.