Byron to replace Altobello as CareFirst chair

December 03, 2003|By M. William Salganik | M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF

Beverly B. Byron, a former congresswoman from Western Maryland, will replace Daniel J. Altobello as chairwoman of the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield board of directors Jan. 1, CareFirst said yesterday. The directors elect the board's leader.

Altobello, who chaired the board through its effort to convert the state's largest health insurer to for-profit operation and sell the company, will leave the board along with three other members.

All four had reached term limits on board service or the mandatory retirement age of 70, said CareFirst spokesman Jeffery W. Valentine.

Five new members, selected by a nominating committee chosen by state officials, will take seats Jan. 1, replacing the four who are retiring. One board seat is vacant.

The remaining seven Maryland board members, including Byron, will leave the board in June. The turnover in board members was required by state law after the sale plan was rejected and the board was criticized for its role.

The board also has six members from the District of Columbia and three from Delaware. CareFirst, a holding company for the Blue Cross plans in Maryland, Washington and Delaware, insures 3.2 million people.

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