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Blue Shield of California Announces Steven Young as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 25, 2016) --- Steven Young has joined Blue Shield of California as vice president and chief information security officer. He will be responsible for driving the overall security program, proactively identifying risks and developing strategies to mitigate threats and promote safe information management practices.

Young brings more than 25 years of information security experience to Blue Shield, most recently as chief information security officer and vice president of Security and Risk Management at Kellogg Corporation. In that role, he created Kellogg’s first global Information Technology security organization.

Previously, Young held leadership positions at Lucent Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Anderson Consulting and Anheuser-Busch.

“Safeguarding our systems and protecting our members’ data remains a top priority at Blue Shield,” said Michael Mathias, senior vice president and chief information officer. “Steven’s experience and reputation for establishing world-class security solutions make him a great asset to Blue Shield and the Information Technology organization.” Young will report to Mathias.

“I am very pleased to join a great organization with this caliber of technology and healthcare professionals,” said Young. “I welcome the responsibility of continuing to provide the data security that Blue Shield of California members expect.”

Contact: Clinton McGue, 415-229-5359,

Background on Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $13 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare health care service plans in California. The company’s mission is to ensure all Californians have access to high-quality care at an affordable price. Blue Shield has contributed more than $325 million over the past ten years to the Blue Shield of California Foundation. Contact your local agent or broker about Blue Shield of California products and services, or visit