Maureen K. O'Connor
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Maureen Kelley O'Connor is executive vice president, chief strategy and innovation officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. She leads the development and implementation of the company's enterprise strategy, and is responsible for the healthcare and clinical division, network relationships and health system innovation, business development, analytics, and government affairs. Maureen joined BCBSNC in 2000 as vice president and deputy general counsel and later assumed the roles of general counsel and chief administrative officer.
She has extensive experience in health policy and strategy, business development, provider relations and contracting, and regulatory affairs. Before joining the company, Maureen was senior regional counsel with CIGNA, senior vice president and general counsel of Healthsource North Carolina and was in private practice with Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett & Jernigan in Raleigh. While in private practice, she represented hospital systems, physician practices, state medical societies and boards, and other health-related organizations.
Maureen is active in the community, serving on several civic and professional boards. She currently chairs the Board of Trustees of Meredith College and serves on the boards of Elon University Law School and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. She also serves on the board of FastMed, a multi-state urgent care company, and the Washington-based Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare. Maureen is past president of the North Carolina Association of Health Plans and the North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys. She served as chair-elect of the American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast, co-chaired the finance committee of the N.C. Health Information Exchange, and served on the North Carolina Institute of Medicine's Health Care Access Study Group. She has led corporate and community campaigns on behalf of the American Diabetes Association and the United Way of the Greater Triangle.
She was named by Diversity Journal as one of the nation's "100 Women to Watch in 2009" and was recognized in 2008 as one of 10 "Women Extraordinaire" in the Triangle by Business Leader Media.
Maureen received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School and a bachelor's degree in English literature from College of the Holy Cross. She is married and has three adult children.