Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and Stella announce two leadership appointments

EAGAN, Minn., March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Stella, the parent company to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and a growing number of diversified businesses collectively focused on delivering better health, today announced the appointments of two new leaders within the organization. Shahid Alam, an innovative and accomplished 15-year veteran of health care data, analytics and technology, has joined Stella as senior vice president and chief analytics and information officer. Additionally, A.R. Weiler, an entrepreneurial builder of innovative and successful health care and high technology companies, is now chief executive officer of Livio Health Group, Stella’s mobile health care provider that specializes in delivering healthcare in community-based and nontraditional settings.


“I am excited to have Shahid and A.R., both of whom come to Blue Cross and Stella with accomplished backgrounds in leading the evolution of the healthcare industry, join our efforts to accelerate innovation and performance as strategic imperatives of our entire organization,” said Dr. Craig Samitt, president and CEO of Stella and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. “Their respective abilities and vision make them true transformative leaders in health and great additions to our team.”

Shahid Alam, Senior Vice President, Chief Analytics & Information Officer

Shahid Alam joined Stella this week as senior vice president and chief analytics and information officer. In this role, he will lead the transformation of analytics and technology initiatives across the company to ensure successful delivery of health care analytics, informatics support and analysis. Under Alam’s direction, the depth and breadth of organizational data will be optimized to give employer customers of Blue Cross fresh insights into the health needs of their employees while further empowering members to make informed decisions about reaching their health goals.

Alam comes to Stella with more than 15 years of data analytics and technology experience in the health care industry. Most recently, he was vice president of enterprise analytics at Centene Corporation, a leading multi-national health care company, where he led software, data, and platform technology to support data and analytics strategy. Prior to Centene, Alam spent ten years at HealthPartners, analyzing patient, clinical, and financial data as well as leading analytics efforts which addressed vital organizational reporting metrics.

A.R. Weiler, Chief Executive Officer, Livio Health Group

In his role as chief executive officer, A.R. Weiler is responsible for continuing Livio’s evolution as a progressive care provider aimed at improving accessibility of high-quality care and service to populations in need throughout Minnesota.

In February, Weiler made the transition to Stella from his own independent consulting firm, where he provided strategic consulting and advisory services to technology and retail companies expanding into health care. Prior to consulting, Weiler served for four years as president and CEO of Healthsense, an innovative provider of technology enabled care services for older adults that was acquired by GreatCall, Inc. in late 2016. Weiler has also held strategic growth and executive leadership positions with Change Healthcare, Optum and Oracle.

About Stella
Stella is a Minnesota-based company designed to nurture and scale differentiated businesses across the country to improve health in bold and innovative ways. Stella serves as the parent company for several entities that share a focus of making a healthy difference in people’s lives, including the non-profit health insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and its subsidiaries, and diversified affiliate companies including Further and ClearStone Solutions, Inc. Go to to learn more.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago.


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