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Bill Colbourne Recognized By Human Resource Executive® Magazine For Professional Excellence

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association senior vice president receives Honor Roll designation

October 6, 2011

CHICAGO – Bill Colbourne, senior vice president of human resources (HR) and administration at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), was recently named to the Human Resource Executive magazine’s 2011 Honor Roll for his outstanding and innovative leadership in the field of human resources.

Colbourne directs BCBSA’s corporate human resources division and is accountable for the strategic direction and management of employee benefit and compensation programs, employee relations and training and career development.  Under his leadership, BCBSA has received multiple awards, including Modern Healthcare’s Best Place to Work in Healthcare, AARP’s Best Place to Work for Employees Over 50, and Business Week’s Best Place to Launch Your Career.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by my peers and be named among human resources professionals who have made meaningful contributions to this field for the companies they work for and the employees they represent,” said Colbourne.

Now in its 23rd year, the Human Resource Executive recognizes HR executives who have demonstrated excellence in the profession.  A panel of judges selects one HR Executive of the Year and up to four individuals to the national HR Honor Roll.

The judges based their selections on the following criteria:  the candidate’s ability to handle significant problems or obstacles in the human resource field, the candidate’s role and success in establishing the human resource function as an integral part of his or her organization, the candidate’s management skills as demonstrated within the human resource function, and the nominee’s contributions to the HR profession as a whole.

"Human Resource Executive recognizes human resource leaders who have made outstanding contributions to their organizations and who exemplify the increasingly strategic role of HR in business today," says David Shadovitz, editor of Human Resource Executive.

Colbourne was recognized on Oct. 4 during a special awards dinner in and was profiled as an HR Honor Roll winner in the October 2 edition of Human Resource Executive magazine.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for nearly 105 million members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.