Anthem executive becomes next Blue Cross NC president, CEO

Published 4:36 pm Thursday, April 2, 2020

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is hiring an executive from a major Blue Cross insurer in multiple states as its next president and CEO, the company announced on Monday.

Tunde Sotunde, MD, MBA, FAAP will begin on June 1 after the Blue Cross NC trustee board picked him for the new jobs, according to a news release. Sotunde succeeds Patrick Conway, who resigned in September under pressure after a vehicle wreck and impaired-driving charge three months earlier. An interim CEO is currently in place.

Sotunde is currently president of the Medicaid unit of the government business division within Anthem Inc., the nation’s second largest insurer with more than 40 million people covered.

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“Dr. Sotunde has a remarkable record of leadership and accomplishment as a physician, an educator and a business leader,” said Frank Holding Jr., chairman of the trustee board for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s dominant insurer.

Sotunde, a pediatrician, previously held leadership positions at Amerigroup Georgia, Solera Capital, UnitedHealthcare and Cigna. He graduated from medical school in Nigeria and completed other training at Howard University and the University of Memphis.

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