Horizon BCBSNJ employees honored as DiversityMBA Magazine's Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives and Emerging Leaders

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Winners were selected based on their strategic leadership achievements in the workplace and community.

At the DiversityMBA Magazine Awards Gala in Oak Brook, IL: (L-R) Gokul Varadharaj, director, Corporate Strategy for Horizon BCBSNJ; Victoria Wright-Gibson, director, Human Resources for Horizon BCBSN

Victoria and Gokul personify the leadership qualities that are essential to the success of any business organizations, and Horizon proudly congratulates them for their well-deserved honor as diverse and emerging leaders.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) announced today that two of its employees are among DiversityMBA Magazine’s 2015 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives & Emerging Leaders. The honorees, Victoria Wright-Gibson, Human Resources director, and Gokul Varadharaj, Corporate Strategy director, received their awards at DiversityMBA Magazine’s annual Business Leaders Conference & Awards Gala in Oak Brook, Illinois. Winners were selected by the magazine based on their strategic leadership achievements in the workplace and community. Both recipients will be featured in the 2015 fall issue of DiversityMBA Magazine.

“Victoria and Gokul personify the leadership qualities that are essential to the success of any business organizations, and Horizon proudly congratulates them for their well-deserved honor as diverse and emerging leaders,” said Alison Banks-Moore, Chief Diversity Officer for Horizon BCBSNJ.

Ms. Wright-Gibson, of Toms River, is responsible for providing strategic human resources advice and counsel to Horizon BCBSNJ’s senior executives. She excels as a strategic business partner, helping key leadership teams reposition and upskill their personnel to achieve business objectives.

A resident of Jersey City, Mr. Varadharaj, is a strategist and a thought leader. He partners with senior executive stakeholders to drive business transformations across the healthcare delivery system such as digital experience, population health management, clinical and market analytics enablement.

While at the conference and awards gala in September, Horizon BCBSNJ was also recognized as an honoree of the 2015 DiversityMBA Magazine 50 Out Front List: Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work. Horizon BCBSNJ was ranked 6th nationally on this list, and as the No. 1 Regional Company for 2015. The award recognizes companies that not only demonstrate their strong commitment to diversity, but also understand the value of supporting external programs that enhance leadership and retention within their organizations

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About Horizon BCBSNJ’s Diversity programs
Horizon BCBSNJ has instituted many programs aimed at promoting diversity within the company including: paid minority internships and manager development programs, as well as a Diversity Council and minority leadership programs. To learn more about Horizon BCBSNJ and its diversity efforts, visit: http://www.HorizonBlue.com/diversity

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state's oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.

About Diversity MBA Magazine
DiversityMBA Magazine provides research reports on diversity benchmarks for talent retention, industry diversity programs, and performance in the diversity arena through its partnership with DePaul University. The magazines distributed at newsstands, top business schools, professional and business associations domestically, and 30 countries worldwide through QS Top MBA World Tour.

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