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Brian D. Pieninck


pieninck-brian-1In his quarter-century working in the health care field, Brian D. Pieninck has held numerous executive positions. For 19 years, he worked with Aetna International in a variety of leadership posts, including as president of the Americas and president of Southeast national accounts.

In 2015, he joined CareFirst BlueShield as executive vice president for the company’s Large Group Strategic Business Unit and CareFirst Administrators. In 2018, Pieninck was named president and CEO.

What are your hopes for the state or community this year?

I am fortunate to be part of an organization that touches many lives and consider it essential that we use this crisis to find solutions that address the many disparities people face in accessing affordable health care. While this has always been CareFirst’s mission, what we’ve seen and learned in the past year has given us a greater understanding of what people face personally when it comes to their health and wellness.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

As a father of three young children, working at home has provided me the chance to experience moments with my family that I normally would never have enjoyed if I were traveling and spending long days at the office. In the midst of incredible challenge and tragedy during this pandemic, finding time with close family continues to be the silver lining for so many of us. I’ve been thankful for that.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.