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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey announces appointment of David Perry to vice president of State Health Benefits Program

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) today announced that David Perry has been appointed vice president of the company’s State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) business, which is Horizon BCBSNJ’s largest account with more than 730,000 members. Perry, who previously served as SHBP sales director, replaces Carol Banks, who retired March 31, 2015."Thanks to Carol’s leadership and dedication over the last 22 years, Horizon has continually earned the privilege of administering the State Health Benefits Program for hundreds of thousands of State and local employees and retirees," said Christopher M. Lepre, senior vice president, Market Business Units at Horizon BCBSNJ. "Horizon is fortunate to have someone with Dave’s financial and government experience to continue Horizon’s stewardship of the SHBP account."Perry joined Horizon BCBSNJ in July 1987 as a senior financial analyst, and ultimately joined the State Health Benefits Program in January 1995 as the director of Account Management and SHBP Finance. Perry has been instrumental in maintaining the company’s strong working relationship with the Division of Pensions and Benefits, the State Health Benefits Commissions and the Plan Design Committees.About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New JerseyHorizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.