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Blue Shield of California Announces Steve Shearer as Vice President and General Manager of Small Business

WOODLAND HILLS, CA (June 6, 2017) — Steve Shearer has joined Blue Shield of California as vice president and general manager of Small Business. He is responsible for the management, performance and delivery of medical and specialty products to the health plan’s employer groups with 1-100 employees.

Shearer has more than 20 years of health care experience. Prior to joining Blue Shield, he spent more than 15 years at Anthem Blue Cross. He most recently served as regional vice president of Individual and Small Group Sales, where he was responsible for strategic planning and membership growth in California.

"We are thrilled to have Steve join the Employer Markets team. His experience building high-performing teams that deliver results, as well as the exceptional quality of his interactions, will help Blue Shield grow its Small Business membership," said Nitin Bhargava, senior vice president of Employer Markets. Shearer reports to Bhargava and is based in Blue Shield’s Woodland Hills office.

"I'm inspired by what Blue Shield has done in the Small Business space. Its commitment to this market, coupled with the company's mission to provide all Californians with access to  quality and affordable care, made the decision to join Blue Shield easy," Shearer said.

Shearer earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from University or California, Irvine’s School of Social Sciences.

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 $17 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 $450 million to the Blue Shield of California Foundation since 2002. Contact your local agent or broker about Blue Shield of California products and services, or visit