CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Harold H. Cantrell, Jr. has been promoted to vice president of finance at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

In his new post, Cantrell will gain responsibilities for the company’s finances, budget, membership and billings, statutory filings, and investments area.

"Harold is a great asset to our company," said David Deal, senior vice president and chief financial officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. "His many years of service have provided BlueCross with excellent financial counseling and oversight that will continue to improve our operating efficiencies."

Cantrell joined BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in 1980 as a malpractice insurance audit supervisor. Previous positions held by Cantrell at BlueCross include director of provider reimbursement, director of investments and cash management, and most recently, senior director of investments and financial management.

Prior to his career with BlueCross, Cantrell worked for A.M. Pullen & Co., CPAs as an audit manager from 1973 to 1980.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Cantrell holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a certified public accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Tennessee Society of CPAs. Cantrell also serves on the allocations committee for the United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

Cantrell and his wife, Donna, have two children.

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.