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Two Horizon BCBSNJ Directors named among DiversityMBA Magazine's Top 100 Under 50 Executives and Emerging Leaders

Two directors for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) have been recognized as DiversityMBA Magazine’s 2014 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives & Emerging Leaders. This year, Maureen Martin, Director, Service Operations, and Vincenza Cruz, Director, Talent Acquisition, were honored by DiversityMBA Magazine at their Executive Leaders Conference and Awards Gala. The event was held last week at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Oak Brook, IL. Both recipients will be featured in the 2014 fall issue of DiversityMBA Magazine. At the DiversityMBA Magazine Awards Gala in Oak Brook, IL: (L-R) Maureen Martin, Director, Services Operations for Horizon BCBSNJ; Vincent Alonge, Vice President, Service for Horizon BCBSNJ; Vincenza Cruz, Director, Talent Acquisition, for Horizon BCBSNJ; Alison Banks-Moore, Chief Diversity Officer for Horizon BCBSNJ."Horizon is proud that DiversityMBA Magazine has honored two of its talented directors, and congratulates Maureen and Vincenza for this well-deserved recognition," said Alison Banks-Moore, Chief Diversity Officer for Horizon BCBSNJ.As Director, Talent Acquisition, Vincenza Cruz, of Oakridge, Ms. Cruz leads Horizon BCBSNJ’s overall recruiting efforts and works to maintain the company’s position as the employer of choice among top talent in the competitive health insurance industry. Ms. Cruz has also led collaborations with local and national military organizations to recruit, train and hire veterans of the armed forces. Ms. Cruz is an active member of Women’s LEAD, Horizon BCBSNJ’s Women Leadership Affinity Group, which fosters career development for women employees.As Director, Service Operations, Maureen Martin, of Westfield, is responsible for managing service delivery to more than 28,000 participating providers, 100 hospitals and other ancillary providers. Under Ms. Martin’s leadership, Horizon BCBSNJ has improved the quality, speed and cost efficiency of its service operations to better respond to customers’ needs. Ms. Martin is also active in Horizon BCBSNJ’s Women’s LEAD group.Also at the awards ceremony, Horizon BCBSNJ was honored as one of the DiversityMBA Magazine’s 2014 50 Out Front Companies for Diversity Leadership. The award recognizes companies that not only demonstrate their strong commitment to diversity, but also work hard to help support external programs that enhance leadership and retention within their organizations.About Horizon BCBSNJ’s Diversity programsHorizon BCBSNJ has instituted many programs aimed at promoting diversity within the company including: paid minority internships and manager development programs, as well as a Diversity Council and minority leadership programs. To learn more about Horizon BCBSNJ and its diversity efforts, visit: www.HorizonBlue.com/diversityAbout 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 services corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, serving 3.7 million members with headquarters in Newark and offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel, and West Trenton. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.comAbout Diversity MBA MagazineDiversityMBA Magazine provides research reports on diversity benchmarks for talent retention, industry diversity programs, and performance in the diversity arena through its partnership with DePaul University. The magazines distributed at newsstands, top business schools, professional and business associations domestically, and 30 countries worldwide through QS Top MBA World Tour.