Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is pleased to welcome Renee Balsiger as director of sales and account management, effective May 28. In her new role, Balsiger will lead new business opportunities and development of large, middle-market and small group employers throughout Oregon.

Balsiger comes to Regence from Mercer, where she most recently served as west market leader for mid-market solutions. Her 19-year career with Mercer includes six years of leadership of sales, client satisfaction and service delivery at the company’s Portland office, and one year overseeing Mercer’s 8-state West market. Balsiger began her health care career in sales with PacifiCare Health Systems.

“We are thrilled to be adding a leader of Renee’s talents and expertise to the Regence team,” said Jim Walton, vice president of sales for Regence BlueCross BlueShield. “She brings a deep understanding of how to partner with employers across the state to design benefits that align with business goals, and deliver innovative solutions that improve the health of our members.”

Balsiger, a lifelong Oregonian, holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Business from Oregon State University. Married 31 years, she enjoys healthy pursuits like hiking, cross-training and cooking Lebanese food. Balsiger has a son who works in finance in Seattle, and a daughter who recently earned a Master of Education degree and will pursue an elementary teaching career.

“I’m delighted to join Regence, as I’ve always thought very highly of the organization and the sales and account management team,” Balsiger says. “Regence is transforming the way people access health care to create a simpler, better and more affordable experience—a goal that has fueled my work with employers throughout my career in service to their employees and family members.”

Community Impact
Founded in 1941, Regence and its affiliated companies employ more than 3,000 people across Oregon and drive more than $700 million in economic activity throughout the state, according to ECONorthwest. In addition, Regence and its Oregon employees contributed $5 million to benefit 1,174 different nonprofit organizations in 2018.

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 780,000 members 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

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