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Chester "Chet" Burrell

Chester "Chet" BurrellChester (Chet) Burrell was named President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in September 2007 and assumed his duties in December of the same year.

Prior to joining CareFirst, Burrell served as President and Chief Executive Officer of RealMed Corporation, a provider of online claims processing services for the health care industry, since April 2002. Before joining RealMed, Burrell served as founder, Chairman and CEO for Novalis Corporation, a managed care technology and consulting company that he developed from the idea stage to an organization serving over 800,000 members. The company partnered with large, regionally-based managed care networks of healthcare providers centered around leading academic medical centers, enabling them to offer their own managed care plans.

Prior to Novalis, Burrell served as Executive Vice President of Anthem Health Plans, where he had responsibility for directing AICI’s managed care operating subsidiary companies. Before joining Anthem, Burrell was President of the Albany Division of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which at the time was the largest non-profit health insurer in the country. Among other areas, the Albany Division served the company's largest single account (the NYS Employees Program with one million enrollees) as well as all managed care programs operated by the company. Prior to his Empire experience, he was President and CEO for Blue Cross of Northeastern New York, which served subscribers in Upstate New York.

In addition to his private sector healthcare experience, Burrell has also served in the public sector. During a 10-year career with state government in New York, he served in various senior-level positions including: Executive Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Office of Mental Health, Deputy Director for New York State Office of Health Systems Management, the state's health regulatory agency, and New York State Governor’s Staff, Division of the Budget.

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