Kirk G. Pion

Innovation, Business

Kirk G. Pion


An accomplished thought leader for innovative and successful business strategies with compelling results in reducing costs, increasing membership, and delivering differentiated consumer experiences, Kirk Pion teaches innovation and strategy courses at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Kirk is Staff VP, Product Strategy for Anthem, Inc., the largest for-profit managed health care company in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Prior positions Kirk held were at UnitedHealthcare Corporation, where he served as VP, Innovation Design & Development, and VP & Product Champion, Innovation Resource Group. He directed a portfolio of 40 initiatives resulting in the successful launch of a wide array of business opportunities; led multiple B2B strategic partnership initiatives; and streamlined the development process. Previously, Kirk was Executive Director, Product Development, for Health Care Service Corporation.

Kirk has significant experience presenting to diverse audiences, including senior leaders, customers and media representatives. His areas of expertise include healthcare management, strategic planning, innovation, organization behavior, change management, financial management, go to market strategies, vendor management, and team development.

Business Leader Faculty® Since 2017


Professional Experience

Staff Vice President, Product Strategy

Anthem, Inc.

Vice President, Innovation Design and Development  

UnitedHealthcare Corporation, Innovation Center of Excellence (ICE) 

Vice President, Innovation Resource Group 

UnitedHealthcare Corporation

Executive Director

Health Care Service Corporation



- Master of Health Services Administration 


- Bachelor of Science

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