Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Names New Chief Information Security Officer

CHICAGO – The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced Chris Lugo as its vice president and chief information security officer.

Lugo is responsible for information security and privacy, business continuity, risk and compliance activities. He’ll collaborate with the 35 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to coordinate information security policies, procedures and compliance activities. 

“Data security platforms, and the technology behind them, are evolving and becoming more sophisticated every day – and so are the threats against them. It’s more important than ever to have a leader who can quickly anticipate and adapt to these changes,” said Kim Keck, president and CEO for BCBSA. “I’m excited to welcome Chris Lugo to the team, who will use his expertise to help protect the privacy and security of the BCBS System, our members and ultimately the health care system itself.”

Lugo brings extensive technical and leadership experience to BCBSA across multiple industries, including science and technology, hospitality and financial services. Prior to joining the Association, Lugo served as the vice president and global CISO of Danaher Corporation, where he oversaw the global information security, cyber, risk and compliance program across a diverse portfolio of more than 20 wholly owned operating companies.

“Chris’ wealth of knowledge and experience will be critical as he spearheads our data security efforts,” said Lachlan Tidmarsh, senior vice president and chief information officer for BCBSA. “I’m happy to welcome him to the team and look forward to working with him to protect the privacy of the more than 112 million Blue Cross and Blue Shield members.”

Lugo started on January 24 and is located in BCBSA’s Chicago office. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.

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The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 35 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.