PORTLAND, Ore – Regence CEO Mark Ganz announced today the appointment of Jared Short to the position of Executive Vice President, Health Insurance Services.

In this role, Jared’s responsibilities will grow to include leadership of Regence’s health insurance company operations across its four states – Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, Regence BlueShield in Washington, Asuris Northwest Health, Government Programs and the Federal Employee Program, as well as Account Management, Insurance Product Development, eProducts and Services, Health Care Services and the Regence and Asuris Northwest Health subsidiaries of Healthcare Administrators, Inc.  

“Jared has a unique skill set and operational background which allow him to serve as a dynamic leader within our complex and evolving health care markets. Coupled with his focus on member involvement and customer service, and our members and customers will surely benefit from his leadership,” said Regence CEO Mark Ganz.

Jared succeeds Bill Barr, who is moving to the role of CEO for Regence Life and Health. (Please see related news release.)

Don Antonucci, currently Oregon Vice President of Sales, has been appointed to serve as Interim President of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon.  In this role, he will continue to have oversight of sales.

Antonucci joined Regence in May of 2010 with more than 15 years of experience in the health insurance industry. He began his career in market analytics for a variety of health plans, including Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey. Immediately before accepting his position with Regence, Antonucci served as director of sales with WellPoint, Inc. / Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine.

About Regence

Regence is a nonprofit total health solutions company based in the Pacific Northwest/Intermountain region. Through insurance, wellness, and consumer engagement products and services, Regence promotes health and helps people make informed decisions about their health care.  Regence health insurance plans serve nearly 2.3 million members in Oregon, Washington (select counties), Idaho and Utah.  Regence health insurance plans are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, please visit www.regence.com.