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Steve hamman

Steve Hamman

President

Steve Hamman was appointed president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) in July 2019.

As president, he is responsible for the overall financial performance, long-term growth strategy and strategic planning of the state’s largest health insurance company, which serves more than 8 million members.

Steve joined BCBSIL in 1991 and has served in a variety of management roles within the company during his tenure at BCBSIL and at Health Care Service Corporation — which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. He most recently served as senior vice president, Enterprise Network Solutions and Provider Partnerships, for Health Care Service Corporation.

Steve holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Mathematics from Colorado College, and a master's in Business Administration in Information Systems from the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University in Chicago. He currently serves on the boards of Innovista Health, and non-profits Eikon Group and New City Church while also actively participating on advisory councils for the Heritage Group and Madison Dearborn Partners.

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Robinson

Derek J. Robinson, M.D., MBA, FACEP, CHCQM

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Derek J. Robinson is vice president and chief medical officer for BCBSIL. In this role, Dr. Robinson provides clinical leadership and strategic oversight to help ensure effective and efficient delivery of quality medical care to more than 8 million health plan members. Dr. Robinson, a practicing emergency medicine physician, also serves as the chair of the company’s Health Equity Steering Committee. This committee is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s health equity strategy, including institutionalizing equity across the company’s business operations.

In his prior role, Dr. Robinson served as vice president, Enterprise Quality and Accreditation at HCSC. During his tenure, he was responsible for quality improvement operations for retail, Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Federal Employee Program membership.

Prior to joining BCBSIL, Dr. Robinson was the first physician member of the executive leadership team at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, where he led efforts to improve health care quality and safety for patients across Illinois. Dr. Robinson is the former chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Chicago regional office.

Dr. Robinson is board-certified in emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a diplomat of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. He holds degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana, the Howard University College of Medicine and the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business.

Dr. Robinson completed his residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Indiana University Northwest School of Medicine. Dr. Robinson is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and serves on the Board of Trustees at Xavier University of Louisiana. He is also a member of the American Heart Association’s Diversity Leadership Committee.

Dr. Robinson is a married father of 2 sons and resides in Chicago. During his free time, he enjoys swimming, cycling and fishing. He is also passionate about mentoring young people.

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Ramachandran

KRISHNA G. RAMACHANDRAN

Vice President, Health Data Strategy and Network Operations, Illinois

Krishna G. Ramachandran currently serves as vice president of Health Data Strategy and Network Operations at BCBSIL. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing the health data exchange strategy to enable the adoption of enhanced reporting, analytics, and data exchange capabilities to improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of care for BCBSIL’s 8.1 million members.

Ramachandran is passionate about collaboration, innovation, and use of data to improve patient access, outcomes, and to reduce cost of care. Prior to joining the company, he served as chief administrative officer of DuPage Medical Group (DMG) and its subsidiary Boncura Health Solutions. He was responsible for the analytics and operations of value-based care, revenue cycle, and practice management for DMG and other health system clients. Prior to that, he held other several executive roles at DMG, including chief information and transformation officer, and executive director of value driven health care. Prior to joining DMG, Ramachandran served as director of technical services of Epic Systems Corporation, a leading provider of health care software.

Ramachandran holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India); a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago; and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Ramachandran is also an instructor in The University of Chicago’s Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics program, teaching the Big Data in Health Care course.

Ramachandran is a member of several associations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. In his free time, Krishna advises start-up health care IT companies, volunteers with local nonprofit organizations and enjoys traveling to new countries.

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Brain Snell

Brian Snell

Divisional Senior Vice President, Illinois Group Markets

Brian Snell leads sales and account management for all Illinois group market segments and works to ensure that BCBSIL continues to deliver customer-first operational excellence by anticipating customer needs and offering data-driven solutions.

Prior to assuming his current position, Brian served as vice president, Sales. In this role, he led new business growth in the small, middle, large and national/major account segments. He also had account management responsibility in the middle and large group segments in Chicago.

Brian is an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of experience with BCBSIL, having previously served in roles in underwriting, account management and sales.

Brian currently serves on the Board of Directors for Envision Unlimited, a nonprofit organization that provides care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois and an MBA from DePaul University.

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SALMA KHALEQ

SALMA KHALEQ

Vice President, Provider Strategy and Partnerships

Salma Khaleq serves as vice president of Provider Strategy and Partnerships at BCBSIL, serving more than 8.1 million members. She is responsible for state-wide provider contracting, reimbursement strategy and operations focused on accelerating adoption of value-based care to transform the health care delivery experience for our members. Her efforts ensure that our members have access high quality care, affordable care in every county in the state of Illinois.

In her prior roles, Khaleq focused on multi-state scalable solutions to optimize medical expense and improve market competitiveness. She also oversaw the portfolio of provider partnerships pursued by HCSC Ventures, a wholly owned capital investment firm focused on strategically aligned businesses.

In her tenure with the company, Khaleq has led various teams focused on strategy development, project delivery implementation, operations, and regulatory compliance. She managed the launch of dozens of narrow network offerings as part of the company’s entry into new market segments and established a disciplined approach to delivering over $1B of reduced medical expenses annually and set the organization on a course for pursuing vertical integration opportunities. Her career has included roles in state and federal health care regulatory oversight and compliance at the University of Chicago and Assurant Health.

Khaleq holds a Juris Doctor from DePaul University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Marquette University and is admitted to the State Bar in Illinois. As a first-generation American, Khaleq is an avid supporter of the economic, social and political rights of immigrant communities and has supported several clients gain legal status in the United States as a volunteer attorney. In her spare time, she is either debating health care topics with her husband or hanging out with her two young sons.

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Chris Jones

CHRIS JONES

Head of Marketing Strategy

Chris Jones leads Market Strategy for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. In this role, he is responsible for the providing strategic oversight of the product value chain, offerings, strategic partnerships and investments to ensure a continued competitive position in the Illinois market.

Jones has more than 20 years of strategy-related experience, both as a consultant and within industry. In his prior role, he led an internal consulting group at for the company, driving a wide range of strategy and improvement projects across all lines of business.

Prior to joining the company, Jones was a partner at Strategos, a boutique consulting firm, where he focused on developing and implementing growth strategies. His projects spanned numerous industries, including health care, energy, consumer products and transportation, and included extensive work in Europe and Asia.

Jones earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He and his wife live in Chicago and have two children and five grandchildren.

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Harmony Harrington

HARMONY HARRINGTON

Vice President, Government and Community Relations

Harmony Harrington has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs, including leadership roles in Illinois state government and with national health care corporations. She currently serves as vice president of Government and Community Relations for BCBSIL. In this role, she leads the company’s advocacy efforts for accessible, affordable and quality health care for BCBSIL members and its work to improve community health across the state.

She also oversees BCBSIL’s community investments and communications activities. She previously led corporate affairs efforts for Humana, Inc. in the Midwest region; setting and executing legislative advocacy efforts supporting all Humana lines of business.

Harmony has extensive experience managing regional, state and local government, advocacy and media relations efforts. Prior to her work at Humana, she served as director of State Government Relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois as well as manager of State Government Relations for the northeast, mid-Atlantic and southern regions at Walgreen Co. Prior to her corporate government affairs experience, Harmony served in various roles in Illinois state government including staff attorney for the Illinois House of Representatives, and leadership roles within the Office of Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn and the Office Lieutenant Governor Corinne Wood.

Harmony earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago College of Law. She and her husband live in Park Ridge, Illinois with their three children, where she serves as a Commissioner at the Park Ridge Park District, elected to a four-year term in 2017. She also serves on the Board of Directors at Haymarket Center as well as the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

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