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BCBS of North Dakota Fires CEO Paul von Ebers

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UPDATE

The Board of Directors of Noridian Mutual Insurance Company (NMIC), has unanimously voted to terminate Paul von Ebers’ employment as President and CEO of NMIC effective immediately.

“The board felt it was necessary to make a change at the CEO position in order to ensure confidence in the future financial direction of our organization,” said Ann McConn, NMIC board chair. The board of NMIC, which does business within North Dakota as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, is unable to discuss the nature of the termination due to confidentiality.

The NMIC board appointed Tim Huckle, Chief Operating Officer of BCBSND, to serve as interim NMIC President and CEO, following through with the board’s succession plan that was already in place.

McConn also added that, “The board has complete confidence in Tim Huckle, who is well positioned to serve in this role. Tim has been with the organization for more than 28 years with operations, management and leadership responsibilities. He will immediately provide leadership for NMIC’s 2,600 employees, and will ensure that the organization will continue to serve its members with the same service and quality it has for more than 70 years.”

NMIC offers health care coverage as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota as a licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.


ORIGINAL STORY

After reporting heavy losses in 2013, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota has reportedly fired CEO Paul von Ebers. Rob Port with SayAnythingBlog.com says an extremely credible source confirms the firing.

BCBS of North Dakota spokesperson, Andrea Dinneen, tells Valley News Live an announcement will be made later on Monday.

Last week, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota reported heavy losses in 2013. A total of $72.9 million in losses, including $51 million attributable to the company's involvement in creating Maryland's disastrous Affordable Care Act insurance exchange, Port says.

Port says his source tells him the BCBS board held an executive session meeting on Friday, and that von Ebers was “walked out of the room.”

Be sure to check back with Valley News Live for updates on this developing story.
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