CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has named Barbara Morales Burke vice president of health policy and Gayle Sauer vice president of total rewards.
Morales Burke joins BCBSNC from the N.C. Department of Insurance, where she served as chief deputy commissioner. As vice president of health policy, she will lead BCBSNC’s initiatives in health care reform and help shape policies to benefit the company’s current and future customers.
At the Department of Insurance, she provided leadership on insurance and managed care principles, as well as policy, strategy and overall operations of the agency. She also has been instrumental in developing national policy through her work with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
Morales Burke earned her Master’s of Healthcare Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. degree in business from Fordham University.
Sauer joins BCBSNC from Errand Solutions L.L.C., where she was a member of the executive leadership team and focused on diversifying client business and building strategic relationships.  Prior to this role, Sauer was the senior global benefits director at Allergan Inc. where she managed all benefit plans globally, including nine retirement plans with more than $1 billion in assets. She also led the creation of total rewards benefits statements and the introduction of a flexible benefits strategy.  Before serving at Allergan, Sauer led the compensation, benefits and human resources information systems functions at Monster Worldwide Inc.
As vice president of total rewards, Sauer will oversee compensation, benefits, employee health services and the company’s wellness program.
Sauer earned her MBA from Simmons School of Management in Boston and completed her undergraduate studies at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
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. Access BCBSNC online at