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Blue Cross Promotes Two Leaders in Public Affairs
Date:3/3/2008

Kathy Mock named Blue Plus CEO; Philip Stalboerger named VP for policy and

legislative affairs

EAGAN, Minn., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) today announced two promotions: Kathy Mock has been named chief executive officer for Blue Plus (the company's health maintenance organization) and Philip Stalboerger has been promoted from director to Vice President for Policy and Legislative Affairs.

Mock will continue her role as vice president of public affairs while simultaneously serving as Blue Plus CEO. She takes over the Blue Plus leadership position from Michael J. Morrow, who was recently promoted to executive vice president and chief accounting officer for Blue Cross.

Mock has been in her current position as vice president of public affairs since August 2006, overseeing policy and legislative affairs, public relations, and internal communications functions. As CEO of Blue Plus, Mock will lead all business strategies for the HMO, which offers health plans and care networks throughout the state. She will also serve on the Blue Plus board of trustees.

Philip Stalboerger, who reports to Mock, is expanding his involvement on the emerging health-care policy issues being proposed and debated at the local and national levels of government.

"Phil is well-respected by legislators and policy leaders and will continue being an effective voice for Blue Cross," said Mock. "He is an excellent leader in helping Blue Cross navigate the many health care reform discussions taking place in St. Paul and Washington."

About Kathy Mock

A licensed attorney, Kathy Mock has more than two decades of experience in law and public policy. Before joining Blue Cross in 1992, she served as government affairs counsel and director of administration and research for the Insurance Federation of Minnesota.

Mock is chair of the Citizens League and serves on the boards of the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, and the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Health Care. She also served as a 2004-2005 policy fellow with the Humphrey Institute Policy Forum. Mock is a graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul and the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.

About Philip Stalboerger

Stalboerger has advocated public policy positions for Blue Cross since joining the organization 1999. Prior to Blue Cross, Phil was the legislative director at the Minnesota Department of Commerce. He has also served as staff in the Minnesota Senate, including a position as Commerce Committee administrator.

Stalboerger currently serves on the Health Policy Committee for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and is a planning committee member of the chamber's Leadership Minnesota program. He also chairs the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce; serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Action Council in Lakeville, Minnesota; and is a member of the Politics and Policy Alumni Chapter at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University.

A graduate of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, Stalboerger holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and earned his Masters of Arts in Public Administration from Hamline University, St. Paul.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota's first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A not-for-profit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to http://www.bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.


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