Md. Blues negotiating with top choice for CEO F

February 17, 1993|By Patricia Meisol | Patricia Meisol,Staff Writer

Directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland met yesterday with a leading candidate to head the company, but no announcement about the post will be made pending negotiations over salary and other items, said board Chairman Frank A. Gunther Jr.

Mr. Gunther said he hoped directors would complete negotiations with the candidate before the board's next meeting Feb. 25.

Salary "is one of the things" under discussion in the bid to install new leadership at the state's largest health insurer, Mr. Gunther said. He said the board decided not to name a candidate "until we have a contract."

The leading candidate to run the $1.5 billion Blues insurance and administrative operation is hospital executive William L. Jews, who met yesterday with directors of the company at the law firm of Piper & Marbury. The 41-year-old Mr. Jews said yesterday it was premature to comment.

Mr. Jews is president and chief executive of Dimensions

Health Corp., a Landover holding company for two hospitals and a nursing home. He was apparently selected by the board's search committee last week after another leading candidate withdrew.

Mr. Gunther said the search committee reviewed the process leading up to its recommendation, reviewed the qualifications of three candidates and gave its own preference. He said the board did not set a date to complete its work.

"We're not ready to make an announcement," Mr. Gunther said. "There was a lot of questions and answers. It was a very constructive meeting. The board left the meeting feeling pretty good about the recommendations."

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