SVP and CIO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ

Mr. Blackwell works with the Horizon Healthcare Services 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.

Before joining Horizon, 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 Corporation and held several senior IT positions during his five-year tenure there. From 2011 until January of 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.

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.