Statement by Bruce Bodaken Welcoming the New CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation

Jun 02, 2010, 13:30 ET from Blue Shield of California

SAN FRANCISCO, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Shield of California welcomes a dynamic and visionary new leader to our foundation.  With a passion to serve and the experience to succeed, Peter Long is the right choice to lead the foundation at this critical moment.  

Peter's life's work reflects his commitment to our foundation's mission.  He has the leadership skills, expertise and energy to ensure that the foundation makes a meaningful contribution to the successful implementation of comprehensive health reform in California while strengthening the healthcare safety net.   He also understands the urgency of preserving the programs and services that combat domestic violence and assists its victims.

Peter joins a talented staff at the foundation and a supportive team at the company who are dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of Californians who need help the most.  We are proud to have donated more than $125 million in the past four years to a foundation that has become a beacon of support for California's community clinics, children's coverage initiatives, domestic violence programs and innovative policy organizations.  We're confident that Peter will build on that successful track record to propel the organization to even greater accomplishments in the future.

Contact: Erica Perng, 415-229-6171,

SOURCE Blue Shield of California