Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon has named Renee Balsiger as its new vice president of sales. Balsiger will provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the Oregon sales team in the wake of Jim Walton’s retirement after more than 15 years of service with Regence.

“Helping more Oregonians access quality, safe and affordable care is especially critical as we emerge from the pandemic. Renee is a proven talent who will continue to help grow our membership and transform the care experience,” said Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon President Angela Dowling. “Witnessing the impact of Jim’s leadership on his team and the community at large has been impressive. I’m grateful to him for his hard work and planning in leaving behind an exceptional Sales team dedicated to the success of our employers, brokers and members.”

Balsiger has served as Regence’s director of sales for the past two years, where she led the development of large, middle, and small group employers. She has a combined 30 years of industry experience working collaboratively with employer groups across the Western market. In her new role, Balsiger will oversee new sales, employer and producer relationships, and the commercial sales and retention team.

“My passion for this work is driven by helping businesses create a better, simpler and more affordable health care experience for their employees and families,” said Balsiger. “It’s an honor to follow in Jim’s footsteps and continue to deliver the Power of Blue for those we serve.”

Balsiger is a lifelong Oregonian, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. She is on the Junior Achievement board as well as sits on the funding committee. Balsiger lives in the Portland area with her husband and enjoys healthy pursuits like hiking, cross-training and cooking Lebanese food.

About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, headquartered in Portland, has been serving Oregonians since 1941 and now provides more than 974,000 people with comprehensive health insurance solutions. As a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Regence is part of a family of companies dedicated to transforming health care by delivering innovative products and services that change the way consumers nationwide experience health care. For more information, please visit, or