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Tunde Sotunde to lead North Carolina’s biggest health insurer
New CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield NC
 
Published Saturday, April 4, 2020 1:00 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

COURTESY BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA
Tunde Sotunde has been named president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. He starts on June 1.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has elected its first black president.


The health care insurance underwriter’s Board of Trustees elected Tunde Sotunde MD as president and CEO. He starts on June 1.


Sotunde is president of Anthem Inc.’s Medicaid Business Unit in its Government Business Division, where he oversees Medicaid and related state government business across 23 states and the District of Columbia with 7.3 million members and $33 billion in revenue, driving a 13% membership increase in his business unit over a two-year period.


“I’m honored to join Blue Cross NC,” Sotunde said. “This is one of the premier health plans in the country and plays a leading role in addressing critical health issues. I’ll bring the perspective of a physician, a patient and health plan leader to our work alongside our employees every day to help make health care better, simpler and more affordable. Our work is even more critical at this time as we, together, face the challenges presented by COVID-19. My family and I look forward to calling North Carolina home and serving its vibrant communities.”


During his time at Anthem, Sotunde collaborated with health care providers to move more than 50% of provider reimbursements into value-based care and generated significant improvements in member satisfaction scores as measured by the federal government’s Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey.


“Dr. Sotunde has a remarkable record of leadership and accomplishment as a physician, an educator, and a business leader,” said Blue Cross NC Board of Trustees Chair Frank Holding Jr. “He has worked tirelessly and collaboratively across the health system to set new standards and reshape health care for the benefit of patients, customers and communities.”


Prior to Anthem, Sotunde was president and CEO of Anthem subsidiary Amerigroup Georgia, where he led membership and revenue growth and helped the plan become one of the first Medicaid plans in the organization to earn “Excellent” accreditation status from the National Commission for Quality Assurance.


A pediatrician, Sotunde was chief of pediatrics at Syracuse Community Health Center in New York and practiced medicine at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad. He has trained medical students and residents as a clinical instructor in pediatrics at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.


Sotunde was chief medical officer and took other leadership roles in payer and provider organizations at divisions of Solera Capital, UnitedHealthcare and Cigna.


Sotunde is a 1988 graduate of University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria and Howard University’s Hospital Residency Program in Pediatrics in 1995.

 

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