Maureen K. O'Connor
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Maureen Kelley O'Connor is executive vice president and 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, data analytics and insights, and new business development. 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 held senior legal roles with CIGNA and Healthsource North Carolina. She also practiced law in North Carolina and in Maine, representing hospital systems, physician practices, state medical boards and other life science companies.
Maureen is active in the community, serving on several civic and professional boards. She currently chairs the Board of Trustees of Meredith College. She also serves on the boards of Elon University Law School, FastMed Urgent Care and the Washington-based Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare. Maureen is past president of the North Carolina Association of Health Plans. She also has volunteered with the American Lung Association, the American Diabetes Association and the United Way of the Greater Triangle.
She was named by Triangle Business Journal as one of 12 “People to Watch in 2014.” Diversity Journal designated Maureen as one of the nation's "100 Women to Watch in 2009" and she was recognized in 2008 as one of 10 "Women Extraordinaire" in the Triangle by Business Leader Media.
Maureen received a law degree 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.