She brings a wealth of experience to the role.
Richard Boals retired in July after serving 45 years with the Phoenix-based insurer.
Kehaly spent the past 25 years with Anthem, holding various senior level positions through the years. Most recently, she oversaw 5,000 employees and 27 million members in individual, small group, large group and specialty business lines as president of Anthem Inc.’s West Region. In a statement Kehaly said:
“I am deeply committed to continuing the legacy that BCBSAZ has established in the community and collaborating with all stakeholders to make Arizona one of the healthiest states in the nation.”
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The state’s largest locally-owned insurer, BCBSAZ offers health insurance and related service to almost 1.5 million customers. BCBSAZ is a not-for-profit company and an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association employing nearly 1,500 people in its Phoenix, Chandler, Flagstaff and Tucson offices. On the current state of healthcare in the U.S., Kehaly stresses that
“it is critical that all parties work together to find a solution that benefits the people of Arizona and the nation as a whole. I want to make sure Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is involved in that dialog and that we’re part of the solution. We stand ready to make that contribution.”
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Leonard D. Schaeffer, founding Chairman and CEO of WellPoint (now Anthem), firmly supports the choice of Kehaly to lead BCBSAZ. As he says:
“Pam has the tools to be successful in this role, she knows the industry and can influence all stakeholders to drive change in a positive way. She works tirelessly to establish trust and win-win partnerships with her teams, providers and members.”
Kehaly will officially assume the role as BCBSAZ president and CEO this November. Source: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arizona