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Blue Cross CEO to step down in 2010

Posted October 12, 2009

— Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Chief Executive Bob Greczyn, who has been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama’s proposed health care legislation, plans to retire next year, the health insurer announced Monday.

In another move, Blue Cross promoted Chief Operating Officer Brad Wilson to president. He will retain his COO post.

Greczyn didn't disclose a retirement date, other than to say he would step down sometime next year.

In a press release, Blue Cross said Greczyn would “retain” the CEO job.

Wilson has worked at the firm since 1995 in several different roles, including general counsel and chief administrative officer.

Greczyn and Blue Cross leadership have been criticized in recent months for the compensation they received in 2008. Greczyn earned nearly $4 million, a 23 percent increase from 2007. His pay included a $3 million bonus.

Wilson, meanwhile, received a 32 percent raise, to $1.78 million.

While saying he supports health care reform, Greczyn has expressed opposition to the controversial "public option" aspect of Obama's reform plan. The option would create a government-subsidized system to offer coverage to people who cannot obtain private health insurance, and insurers like Blue Cross say the system would drive up their costs.

“We're pleased to have found a person who is very experienced at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and who, throughout his life, has been committed to improving the lives of North Carolinians,” Jeff Houpt, chairman of the Blue Cross Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “This culminates a very thoughtful process by the Board of Trustees which has been underway for more than a year. We feel it has produced the right leadership to take our company forward during these times of change in health care.”

Wilson is a native of North Carolina, graduated from Appalachian State University, earned a law degree at Wake Forest University and was general counsel to former Gov. Jim Hunt.

“I am honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me as president, and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead,” Wilson said. “Our company is North Carolina’s leading health insurer and has a very important role to play in the lives and success of our customers and our state. I am proud to have the opportunity to help lead our company into the future.”

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  • future lawyer Oct 13, 6:10 p.m.

    Sunne, each of the Blue Cross affiliates is an independent company. Some of them are for profit, some are not for profit. BCBSNC is the latter.

  • laxmom Oct 13, 3:00 p.m.

    too bad he isn't being made to return some of the money he "earned"... must be nice to be him - but how does he sleep at night knowing his bonus(es) could have paid thousands in premiums for deserving less fortunates ?

  • Sunne Oct 13, 12:56 p.m.

    Input - BCBS is an insurance company. They may handle some claims for the State, but they also have other coverage that doesn't involve the State. BCBS is nation-wide and they have made huge profits in the insurance business.

  • davidbh61255 Oct 13, 10:20 a.m.

    Another hog at the trough!!

  • EZeegoing Oct 12, 7:53 p.m.

    The rats are deserting the ship, taking the money while the gettings are good. Disgusting how much money floats around at the top of the scum.

  • slickgirl24 Oct 12, 7:27 p.m.

    We'll just say he's getting out while the getting in good. One more Bonus in March and he'll be gone.

  • input Oct 12, 6:57 p.m.

    BCBS is not a insurance company. The Sate of NC pays them to handle the paper work. How can the CEO president of this so called non-profit make more money than the President of the United States?

  • yellow_hat Oct 12, 6:49 p.m.

    Bring on the public option! I have more trust in a government bureaucrat than I do greedy corporations and the thieves that run them.

  • YourConscience Oct 12, 5:31 p.m.

    Its official, our health insurance now costs more than taxes. Now THAT is saying something. Look at your pay stub. We all work for the goverment and BCBS.

  • james27613 Oct 12, 5:16 p.m.

    It's good to be the CEO.

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