Independence Blue Cross has announced that Joseph A. Frick will retire effective December 15 as president and chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross (IBC) and that Daniel J. Hilferty will become the new head of Independence on that same date. Hilferty has served as executive vice president and president of IBC's Health Markets since January 1, 2010. Before that, he was CEO of the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, which is jointly owned by IBC and Mercy Health Systems.