​John D. Forsyth

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

​John D. Forsyth

John D. Forsyth has served as a director of Baxter since 2003.

Forsyth is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, a healthcare insurance provider for residents of Iowa and South Dakota. He served as Wellmark's chairman from 2000 through 2020, and as Wellmark's chief executive officer from 1996 through 2020. Prior to that, he spent 26 years at the University of Michigan, holding various positions, including president and chief executive officer of the University of Michigan Health System. Forsyth currently serves as a director of the National Institute of Healthcare Management. He previously served as a director of Baxalta (before it was acquired by Shire in June 2016).