Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Announces Leadership Changes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – J. Bradley “Brad” Wilson – a North Carolina native with extensive public service, community and business experience – has been named as Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina by the company’s Board of Trustees. The move, effective immediately, follows Wilson’s appointment as company President in November 2009.

Wilson, who has served as a senior leader at BCBSNC for 15 years, succeeds Bob Greczyn, who has retired after leading the company for the past decade.
 
“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to lead BCBSNC as CEO and president,” said Wilson. “I find myself coming in as the new leader when the company is in good shape and not in need of revolution.  However, we will continue to evolve, grow, compete and serve.”
 
Along with Wilson’s appointment, Maureen O’Connor, who has served as chief administrative officer, has been promoted to executive vice president, chief strategy officer and general counsel.  In her expanded role, O’Connor will oversee strategic management for the company. 

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead the strategic effort at BCBSNC and build on the progress we have made in enhancing the business and better serving our customers,” says O’Connor. 
 
Wilson is beginning his tenure as CEO with a two-month “Listening Tour” as he meets with employees, customers, health care providers, elected officials and community leaders. He has served at BCBSNC since 1995 and has broad experience across the business, including posts as senior vice president, general counsel, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and corporate secretary, chief operating officer and president.

Wilson practiced law privately for 14 years before being appointed General Counsel to Governor Jim Hunt. In that role, he managed the legal department within the Governor’s Office and was the chief strategist for the Governor’s legislative initiatives.  He also served as Acting Secretary of the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.

Wilson’s commitment to the people of North Carolina extends beyond BCBSNC.  He has served on and chaired a number of state boards and nonprofit organizations including the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, the N.C. Railroad Company Board, the Meredith College Board of  Trustees and the 21st Century Transportation Study Committee.  He is also the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Governor of North Carolina.
 
Wilson has a B.A. degree from Appalachian State University, a juris doctorate degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law, and a master’s of arts degree from Duke University. 

O’Connor is responsible for Healthcare, Strategic Development, Business Transformation, Health Policy, Network Management, Corporate Communications, Legal Services, Compliance and Ethics, and Audit and Risk Management. She joined BCBSNC in 2000 as vice president and deputy general counsel and later assumed the role of chief administrative officer. 
 
Before coming to BCBSNC, she was senior regional counsel with CIGNA, senior vice president and general counsel of Healthsource North Carolina and in private practice with Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett & Jernigan in Raleigh, N.C.

O'Connor is active in community affairs, serving on several civic and charitable boards. She currently serves as Chair-elect of the American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast and serves on the boards of Meredith College, Elon University Law School, and Triangle Chamber Orchestra.  O'Connor also has served on the NC Health Care Access Study Commission.

O'Connor received a juris doctorate, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School and a bachelor's
degree in literature from College of the Holy Cross.
 
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.7 million members, including approximately 900,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 76 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit BCBSNC online at bcbsnc.com.
 
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