Dennis Wilson joined Delta Dental in September 2013 as president and CEO. Prior to joining Delta Dental, Wilson served as president of Coventry Health Care, an Aetna Company, where he managed five states that represented the highest total contribution to earnings among all Coventry regions nationwide. He also served as national lead for High Performance Network/ACO Business Development for Coventry Health Care. Wilson’s other past positions include president and CEO, Lovelace Health Plan; market segment president, CIGNA Healthcare; president, Partners in Care Corp.
Wilson currently serves on the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA) Board of Directors, is a member of DDPA’s Executive Committee, Compliance Committee, Audit and Finance Committee, and serves as chairman of DeltaUSA’s Board of Trustees. Dennis serves as the chairman of the Board of Encara, Inc. and as vice chair of Healthentic, Inc. He also serves as a vice president and trustee of the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation. Wilson currently serves as trustee and immediate past chair of Community Foundation of New Jersey and trustee of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.
In July 2019, Wilson was appointed to the Board of Managers of Oral and Implant Surgery, a subsidiary of In Tandem Capital Partners.
In November 2020, Wilson joined the Board of Directors of Atlantic Health System where he will work to carry out Atlantic Health’s vision of: Improving lives, empowering communities through health, hope and healing.
In February 2021, Wilson was appointed to the Advisory Board of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth as commonly known), Charlton College of Business. As a leading business school, Charlton College of Business creates and disseminates knowledge, innovates and catalyzes change and prepares graduates to positively transform lives, organizations, and communities.
Wilson was recognized for outstanding contributions to improving healthcare by the Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) in 2015 with the Leon J. Warshaw Leadership in Healthcare Award. This marked the first time in NEBGH history that a leader from a dental benefits company received this honor.
Wilson was also recently recognized for outstanding community leadership by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. He received the William P. Huber Award for Outstanding Community Leadership. This award is presented to individuals who exemplify exceptional leadership with the hopes to inspire others to undertake challenges to help improve the lives of Morris County area residents.
In 2017, Wilson was a recipient of an NJBIZ ICON Honors Award, which recognized New Jersey business leaders for their distinguished successes and exemplary leadership both within and outside of their chosen field.
In 2018, Wilson was honored by JFK Medical Center at their A Gala Reimagined, which raised funds to support JFK Medical Center’s Dental Clinic and Cardiac Catheterization Expansion/Renovation Project.
In 2019, Wilson received the Exemplary Private Sector Leader Award from the Morris County Chamber for his dedication to supporting local communities and exemplifying excellence in leadership and innovation. Wilson also received the Business Advocate of the Year from the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce for his commitment to ensuring New Jersey is business friendly, economically successful, and a great place to live and work. He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Massachusetts.