Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Gerald Petkau is SVP and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and is responsible for Operations, IT and the Project Management/Business Process Excellence. Previously, he served as CFO from April 2009 through April 2016. Petkau joined BCBSNC in 2004, as Vice President of Corporate Actuarial and later assumed the roles of Vice President of Financial Services and Chief Corporate Actuary prior to becoming CFO.
Prior to joining the Company, Petkau worked from 1992 - 2004 with The Canada Life Assurance Company, where he served in a variety of roles in three different countries, including Vice President, Group Insurance in the US, a role which included responsibility for Operations, Vice President, Corporate Actuarial and Vice President, Acquisitions in Canada, interim CFO in the UK and finally as CFO of the US Division. Earlier in his career, he filled a variety of actuarial roles with Travelers and Great-West Life.
Petkau currently serves on the board of Alliance Medical Ministry and has been an active volunteer at Crosspointe Church in Cary. He also serves as the Audit Committee Chair of the separate and independent BCBSNC Foundation, a private not-for-profit foundation. Petkau is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He is also an Illinois Registered CPA. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics.