CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has promoted Calvin Anderson to chief of staff and senior vice president of corporate affairs.

In these roles, Anderson will oversee federal and state government relations, the Office of Health Care Reform, the company’s newly formed Health Institute and community relations.

“Calvin’s leadership in our company has been critical to its success and will continue to be as we navigate through a changing health care landscape,” said Vicky Gregg, CEO for BlueCross. “I am sure his experience and skills will help make this transition a smooth and beneficial one for our customers, our partners and our employees.”

Prior to joining BlueCross, Anderson was a senior staff member to U.S. Sen. Jim Sasser of Tennessee from 1985 to 1994. Early in his career, he held sales and management positions in the insurance industry with Prudential Insurance Co. and Universal Life Insurance Co.

On the civic front, Anderson has served on the board of directors in a number of business and non-profit organizations, including the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce and Memphis In May International Festival. Additionally, he has been a member of the Memphis Bio-Works Foundation Board and Leadership Memphis, where he filled the roles of alumni president, chairman of the admissions committee and was on the board of trustees. Currently, Anderson serves on the board of WKNO-TV and as past chairman of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.

At the state level, Anderson was a member of the State Election Commission from 1995 to 2007. He served on the State Small Group Health Insurance Advisory Committee for the Department of Insurance in 1998 and the State TennCare Advisory Committee in 2002. In 2006 and 2007, he sat on the board of directors of Tennessee Tomorrow.

On the national scene, Anderson represents BlueCross as a congressional relations coordinator with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and on America’s Health Insurance Plans Policy Committee and Federal Government Relations Group. He also serves on the Health Industry Council for District Eight of the Federal Reserve.

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.