EAGAN, Minn., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) today announced that Tom Vanderheyden has joined the organization's senior leadership team as president of diversified business. In this new position, Vanderheyden oversees all strategies for expanding diversified businesses investments, bringing new health care products and solutions to market, and commercializing existing products and services.
Vanderheyden brings more than two decades of leadership experience in business development and health care innovation to Blue Cross. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer at Harken Health Insurance Company (Harken Health), an independently operated affiliate of UnitedHealth Group (UHG). Prior to Harken Health, Vanderheyden held multiple leadership roles within UHG, including business development and innovation; UnitedHealth International; global operations; strategic sourcing; and mergers and acquisitions.
"Tom's record of accelerating business growth and identifying new ways to deliver health care made him the right leader to complement and supplement the health plan products that we have been offering to Minnesotans for more than 80 years," said Michael Guyette, Blue Cross president and CEO. "With business diversification being a significant focus of our strategic plan, I know that Tom and his teams are well-positioned to help us deliver even greater value to members and clients."
Vanderheyden holds a bachelor's degree in organizational management and communications from Concordia University and an MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to bluecrossmn.com to learn more.