SVP and CIO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ

Mr. Blackwell works with the CEO and senior leadership team to drive company strategy and execution, with a focus on moving from traditional fee-for-service structures to fee-for-value models. Blackwell and his team are directly responsible for evaluation, integration, and operation of the company’s information technology assets. He has more than 35 years of cross-industry experience in information technology, software, services, consulting, and operations. His industry experience includes telecommunications, computer hardware and software, financial services, information technology services, health insurance, and healthcare.

Previously, Blackwell served as SVP for Remote Application Hosting Services, a division of the Allscripts/Eclipsys Corporation. Prior to that, he was the SVP for Service Operations IT at Cigna Corp. From 2011 until January 2016, Blackwell was a member of the board of Navinet, a Boston-based developer of software and services to the healthcare industry. He helped to lead the acquisition of Navinet by three BCBS organizations, including Horizon, in March of 2012, and was instrumental in facilitating the acquisition of Navinet by Nant Health that closed in January 2016.

He serves on the board of advisors of the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund in Nashville, Tennessee, the executive board of NASCO, and is a trustee of Zipari, which develops consumer solutions for health insurers. In 2017, Blackwell was named a Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leader.

Blackwell earned bachelor’s degrees in both business and human development from Colby College, completed graduate work in the MBA programs at Babson College and Clark University, and attended Columbia University’s Executive Development Program.