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Blue Cross Names New Chief Information Officer; Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities

Thursday, December 11, 2008 General News J E 4
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Jay Levine named chief information officer; Colleen Connors named senior vice president, human resources and facilities



EAGAN, Minn., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) announces two new executive officers: Jay Levine as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO) and Colleen Connors as senior vice president, human resources and facilities.



Levine will be responsible for the company's overall technology strategies and assuring that systems support all product and business strategies. Connors is responsible for all functions within the human resources department, including organizational development; learning and knowledge management; human resource consulting; diversity; compensation; benefits and human resources information systems; and also for facilities management across Blue Cross.



"Both Jay and Colleen are incredibly knowledgeable in their fields and will be great assets to Blue Cross," said Pat Geraghty, Blue Cross president and chief executive officer. "We are excited to have them aboard as we continue our work of making a healthy difference in people's lives."



About Jay Levine

Jay Levine has more than 25 years of experience building and leading high-performing software development groups and information technology organizations. Prior to joining Blue Cross, he served as executive vice president of product development and chief technology officer for Minneapolis-based Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, working on compliance and analytic solutions for the banking, mortgage, insurance and securities markets.



About Colleen Connors

Prior to joining Blue Cross, Colleen Connors served as senior vice president and global head of talent strategy at The Bank of New York Mellon. Connors was responsible for setting the overall talent management strategy and leading teams responsible for recruiting, training, organizational development, performance management, succession planning, leadership development, diversity and relocation programs. Connors' career also includes human resources leadership positions for Aetna Healthcare and Prudential Healthcare.



Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. www.bluecrossmn.com







SOURCE Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
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