Scott Nehs is the senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. The Blue System is the nation's largest health insurer covering more than 106 million members – one-in-three of all Americans.
Having practiced law for more than 25 years, Nehs brings a wealth of experience to BCBSA. He advises BCBSA and Blue Plan senior leadership on a range of strategic, reputational and operational issues to protect and enhance the brand. During his tenure, Nehs has hired or promoted over half of the 36 members of the division, making significant inroads in adding to the diversity and depth of the legal team. He is also leading defense of the nationwide antitrust class action litigation which began in 2012 and is still pending against BCBSA and each Blue Plan. In addition, Nehs led a successful cross-functional initiative to reduce risk and increase efficiencies by modernizing BCBSA’s record retention policies and practices. Prior to his current role, he served as BCBSA’s deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary.
Before joining BCBSA, Nehs served at PepsiCo where he was senior vice president of legal and government affairs for PepsiAmericas, Inc., a $5 billion NYSE corporation and the world’s second largest bottler of Pepsi-branded products. He was also a member of the company’s worldwide leadership team and held the offices of chief compliance officer and chief privacy officer. He began his career at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, a large firm based in Chicago where he worked on a wide variety of litigation matters, trying civil and criminal cases in the federal and state courts for his clients.
Nehs frequently shares his expertise as a speaker at legal seminars and other forums. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Northwestern University and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.