CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Ronald Harris has been promoted to director of workplace diversity for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the state’s largest not-for-profit health care plan and Chattanooga’s largest private employer with more than 4,500 local employees.

Harris previously served for 11 years as manager of workforce diversity. In this new position, Harris will take a greater role in ensuring that diversity and inclusion are strategically aligned with corporate strategies and values. Along with his new responsibilities, he will maintain current assignments on diversity awareness training, recruitment, employee development and community outreach.

“As our members, providers and employees are becoming increasingly more diverse, Ronald is the ideal trusted advisor who will work tirelessly to ensure we’re cultivating a culture that celebrates inclusion, and that we use that inclusive spirit to better serve our business and community,” said Karen Ward, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for BlueCross. “Ronald’s expertise will be a tremendous asset to BlueCross as we prepare for competition in an exchange environment.”

Harris joined BlueCross in 1986 and has served in various management roles throughout his tenure, each with increasing responsibility. Prior to joining BlueCross, he was employed as the personnel director for Central Soya.

Harris is a co-founder of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Diversity Alliance, which connects various Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans throughout the country to share best practices and address diversity awareness. Harris is a regular speaker at business functions and conferences throughout Tennessee and around the country on diversity topics that impact the workplace.

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.