CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announces the hire of Steve Henderson as procurement director. In this role, Henderson will oversee centralized purchasing functions for the company.

“Steve’s extensive background in procurement and supply chain management will be invaluable as we move toward a centralized procurement function,” said Danny Timblin, vice president of strategy and execution for BlueCross. “He has a proven track record of improving services while reducing costs. Our business and, in turn members, will benefit greatly from his skills in our ongoing efforts to further streamline corporate processes across commercial and government lines of business.”

Henderson has more than 25 years of experience in corporate services for a variety of industries, including health care, retail, banking and insurance. His background includes procurement and real estate, as well as facilities and contract management for Kmart Corporation, California Federal Bank and Cushman & Wakefield.

Prior to joining BlueCross, he served as vice president of corporate services at Emdeon, a provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions. There, he was responsible for services including real estate and facilities management, procurement and supply chain management, physical security, travel management and business continuity. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Illinois State University.

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.