J. Brian Ternan Named President of Anthem Blue Cross

Press Release

Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) announced today that J. Brian Ternan has been named president of Anthem Blue Cross, and will oversee the company’s commercial operations in California.

“Brian is a unique talent, and we’re thrilled to have him lead our California team,” said Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem’s west region and specialty business. “As our industry transforms into one where consumers are making more purchasing decisions, Brian’s experience and market insights will be invaluable in leading our California efforts.”

Ternan has more than 25 years of health plan experience. He has held senior leadership positions with financial responsibilities at Aetna and also led West Region sales at United Healthcare and Mercer.

He most recently served as Aetna’s western region president, where he oversaw the group, individual, Medicare and public and labor lines of business. During his nine-year tenure at Aetna, Ternan also served as president of Aetna’s Southern California market, west region national accounts and vice president of Southern California national accounts.

“Anthem has a strong history, brand and team, and the fact that they’re the No. 1 choice for Californians on Covered California proves that,” said Ternan. “It’s an honor to be asked to lead this team, and I look forward to finding even better ways for Anthem to serve our 8.5 million California members.”

Ternan replaces Mark Morgan, who left the company in April. Steve Melody will continue to lead Anthem’s Medi-Cal plan.

Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California. Anthem Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Association. ® ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Association.