Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has promoted one of its top executives to president, putting him in line to succeed CEO Bob Greczyn, who plans to retire next year.
The board of the state's largest health insurer over the weekend approved naming chief operating officer J. Bradley Wilson to the president spot. Greczyn will remain CEO, but has indicated he will step down in 2010.
Wilson, 56, is a lawyer who joined Blue Cross in 1995 after serving as general counsel for Gov. Jim Hunt. Wilson, who holds degrees from Appalachian State, Wake Forest and Duke universities, also is on the University of North Carolina board of governors.
Greczyn, 58, has been CEO and president for 11 years. The health insurer covers more than 3.7 million members, including as administrator for the state employees' health plan.