Blue Cross HR Head Todd Schexnayder to Retire Dec. 31

Sept. 25, 2015

Senior Vice President of Human Resources Todd Schexnayder will retire Dec. 31 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, where he has worked since 2006.

“I’ve been very proud to be a part of this company. It’s been a pleasure,” Schexnayder said. “I’ll miss our many talented and dedicated employees.”

During Schexnayder’s tenure, the Blue Cross workforce grew from 1,600 employees to nearly 2,500, and Human Resources Department services expanded to meet the demand. Among the department’s accomplishments during this time were the establishment of a comprehensive orientation program for new employees, an updated university outreach initiative and internship program and greatly expanded talent management and cultural change initiatives.

Also under his watch, the company was named a Best Place to Work by the Baton Rouge Business Report and Louisiana Workforce Commission, received a 2014 Excellence in Diversity Award from the Greater Baton Rouge Society of Human Resource Management, earned the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals WellSpot designation for its Baton Rouge campus and wellness program and received a host of similar honors related to employee diversity and satisfaction.

“Todd has led our Human Resources Department during a time of growth, challenge and success for Blue Cross,” said Mike Reitz, Blue Cross president and CEO. “I know that all of our employees join me in thanking him for his leadership and wishing him well in his next chapter.”

Prior to joining Blue Cross, Schexnayder was senior vice president of human resources at Pan‑American Life Insurance Company in New Orleans. A native of Lucy, Louisiana, he received his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and his master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Schexnayder has completed additional coursework at Harvard Business School and has numerous professional designations through the human resources and insurance industries.

His community involvement includes board participation for the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation, Opera Louisiane in Baton Rouge, Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo, the Volunteers of America, Baton Rouge Chapter, and the Baton Rouge Rotary. He is a member of the LSU National Diversity Advisory Board, a board member of the A.P. Tureaud Alumni Chapter at LSU and a member of the LSU Advisory Council for the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Schexnayder volunteers for the VIPS reading program in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. He served as a board member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation from 2008 to 2014 and is also a past school board president and board member for the Edwards Hynes Charter School in New Orleans. He served as a member of the LSU Manship Alumni Executive Board and was the board president from 2006 to 2008.

Schexnayder was a member of the Leadership Louisiana Class of 2008 and the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute Class of 2000. He has served on national committees of the American Council of Life Insurers and America’s Health Insurance Plans in Washington, D.C., and the Life Office Management Association in Atlanta.

Schexnayder is currently a lector at St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. He and his wife, Valerie, are the parents of two sons, Sebastian and Benjamin. 

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a tax-paying nonprofit health insurer. We are a private company, mutually owned by our policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders. We are an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to improving the health and lives of all Louisianians. With our subsidiaries, HMO Louisiana and Southern National Life, we provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to one out of four Louisiana residents. We’re the only Louisiana insurer that offers plans in every parish. We also provide every customer with comprehensive wellness education, programs and services to help them live healthier lives. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, we have eight regional offices to serve our customers around the state.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is dedicated to transforming the healthcare industry in Louisiana into one that delivers high-quality health outcomes for our customers with top-notch service at more affordable costs. Our reputation for exceptional service and prompt payments, as well as the hard work of our 200+ in-house doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and dietitians, keeps both customer and provider satisfaction high. Surveys by the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Louisiana Hospital Association consistently rank Blue Cross the best company providers do business with.

Blue Cross is deeply committed to the communities we serve. We invest both time and money in the health and wellbeing of Louisiana children by supporting more than 200 charitable organizations. We invite and encourage all Louisianians to visit our website or talk to us on social media through our online hub.