CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Gary Steele has been promoted to director of HR business support at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

In this role, Steele is responsible for leading the business consulting and talent acquisition teams within human resources. He is also accountable for developing and deploying HR strategies and programs in support of enterprise-wide business goals.

“Gary’s many years of valuable consulting, recruiting and business partnership experience will ensure we deliver excellent service to our clients throughout the organization,” said Karen Ward, vice president of human resources for BlueCross.

Since joining BlueCross in 1998, Steele has served as an HR business consultant. In that position he provided strategic human resources support for the Government Business and Emerging Markets division, which includes 1,800 employees, along with consulting to division leadership. Before joining the company, Steele spent 10 years at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama, most recently as the employment manager. There he was responsible for managing the employment process and supervising HR staff.

Steele earned his bachelor’s degree in communications and business from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He earned his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2001 and completed a two-year term as president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management in 2009.

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