Maureen O’Connor

Maureen Kelley O’Connor is executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC). She leads the development and implementation of our enterprise strategy, and is responsible for the healthcare and clinical division, network relationships and health system innovation, business development, analytics, health reform implementation and public affairs. O’Connor joined BCBSNC in 2000 as vice president and deputy general counsel and later assumed the roles of general counsel and chief administrative officer.

O’Connor has extensive experience in health policy and strategy, business development, provider relations and contracting, corporate and healthcare law, and regulatory affairs. Before joining BCBSNC, O’Connor 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, N.C. While in private practice, O’Connor represented hospital systems, physician practices, state medical societies and boards, and other health-related organizations.

O’Connor is active in the community, serving on several civic and charitable boards. She currently serves on the boards of Meredith College, Elon University Law School and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. O’Connor also serves on the national board of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) and she co-chairs the finance committee of the North Carolina Health Information Exchange. O’Connor 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 and she served on the North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s Health Care Access Study Group. O’Connor has led corporate and community campaigns on behalf of the American Diabetes Association and the United Way of the Greater Triangle.

O’Connor received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 1983 and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from College of the Holy Cross in 1976. 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 ten “Women Extraordinaire” in the Triangle by Business Leader Media. O’Connor is married and has three adult children.