CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has selected Michelle Link to serve as its vice president of human resources.

Link will oversee talent acquisition, training, organizational development, compensation, and benefits for more than 5,200 employees across all company lines of business. Additionally, she will serve as a liaison between BlueCross and its providers, business partners and internal departments to facilitate better relations. She will also provide support and resources to help the organization achieve strategic business objectives.

“We’re very excited that Michelle is joining our team,” said Ron Harr, senior vice president of human resources and public affairs for BlueCross. “Her level of experience in the HR and health care fields will truly be an asset to our diverse employee population and to the company as a whole.”

Prior to joining BlueCross, Link worked for an Ohio based Management consulting firm on a number of HR projects. Among her clients were the Pittsburgh Public School System, Kal Kan Dog Foods, and Corning Inc. She then transitioned to work full time for Corning Cable Systems where she worked on several mergers and acquisitions and served as the HR lead for both international staff groups and joint ventures.

In 2002, she was employed as the human resources director by CIGNA Dental and Vision in Florida, where she was responsible for five call/claim centers across the U.S., including the CIGNA facility in Chattanooga.

Link left CIGNA in 2004 to become the vice president of human resources for Amerigroup in Virginia Beach, Va.

She attended Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and finance. While there, Link was selected to work for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Embassy to spend a year overseas working for former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown. Additionally, Link worked under the Clinton administration to help plan for the G7 Ministerial Summit. She also has master’s degrees in human resources management and communications from Ohio University, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Link is a member of the national chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management as well as World @ Work and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. She has also been designated as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.