Blue Cross owner names Maurice Smith as CEO

The 27-year company veteran adds to duties at Health Care Service Corp.

SHARE Blue Cross owner names Maurice Smith as CEO
Maurice_Smith_2.jpg

Maurice Smith

Provided

Health Care Service Corp. said Tuesday its president, Maurice Smith, will add the title of CEO effective June 1. The company owns Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.

Smith, 48, will succeed David Lesar, who was the interim CEO. Lesar will remain a member of the company’s board.

Lesar said he is “pleased that Maurice will lead HCSC at this critical time for the company and our country as we continue to work through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maurice has deep industry experience and a proven track record of strong leadership, and he recognizes the challenges we must confront, and the opportunities we have now to advance our purpose.”

A former president of Blue Cross Illinois, Smith has worked for HCSC for 27 years, starting as an intern. He said he will continue to work to expand access to quality, cost-effective health care.

With nearly 16 million customers, HCSC also owns Blue Cross health plans in Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The Latest
The shooting of the 33-year-old woman, who was grazed in the head and suffered non life-threatening injuries, was likely sparked by an earlier fight involving staffers in the parking lot, officials said.
Returning this year are the Navy Blue Angels and Army Golden Knights, joined by newcomers RJ Gritter and the Trojan Phlyers and more.
This is just another example of the great city of Chicago fixing what is not broken, a reader from Bucktown writes.
The earthquake struck early Monday about 2 kilometers northwest of Somonauk, Illinois in DeKalb County.
The man was discovered unresponsive in the 1200 block of East 71st Street with a gunshot wound to the chest, Chicago police said.