Velez, Diaz named to senior leadership team at Horizon BCBSNJ

Jennifer Velez and Uli Diaz were named to the senior leadership team at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the insurer announced Friday morning.

Velez will become senior vice president and general counsel, succeeding Linda Willett, who is retiring from Horizon at the end of 2021 after 12 years with the company. Diaz is being promoted to senior vice president of government affairs. Both appointments are effective Jan. 3.

“These two talented leaders join a team focused on making health care more affordable and convenient for our 3.7 million members,” Horizon CEO Gary St. Hilaire said. “Jen has devoted much of her professional career to improving the health and quality of life of all New Jerseyans, especially for those who have struggled to overcome health disparities. Uli has given our members a strong voice at the table when decisions affecting their health care are being made in Trenton and Washington, D.C.

“They bring deep experience and proven records of collaborating with other stakeholders to improve New Jersey’s health care system, and I am looking forward to having them join our senior leadership team.”