July 30, 2008

Two New Members Named to Blue Cross Board


Two prominent Louisianians were recently elected to the Board of Directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and began their service effective June 1.

They are Dan Borné, president, Louisiana Chemical Association, Baton Rouge, and Kevin McCotter, director - corporate development - Louisiana, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Shreveport, La.

Dan Borné has been with the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA), which represents the interests of 66 chemical manufacturing companies that operate at more than 90 locations in the state, for 20 years. He is also president of the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, a 600-member partnership of Louisiana's chemical plants, their suppliers, contractors and vendors. He has also worked for a state senator, a congressman, three United States senators and a governor. Borné has anchored television news and sports and done radio play-by-play, and he may be best known to many Louisianians as the Voice of the Tigers, having served as the public address announcer for LSU football home games since 1986 and for basketball home games since 1988.

Before joining LCA, Borné was vice president of Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp. in Baton Rouge. He earned his bachelor's degree from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux and his master's degree in mass communication at LSU, where he is a member of the Board of Visitors at the Manship School of Mass Communication. He is a member of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the Public Affairs Research Council and the Council for A Better Louisiana.

Before joining Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Kevin McCotter enjoyed a 33-year career with BellSouth Telecommunications in New Orleans that culminated with becoming head of regulatory and external affairs for north and west Louisiana. He was then named senior marketing director and vice president of Citizens National Bank in Bossier City, where he served until becoming an Executive-in-Residence in 2006 at the College of Business Administration at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. He is also a member of the college's business advisory board, the Board of Visitors.

McCotter attended Northwestern State University and LSU-Shreveport and holds an MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans. He also obtained certification in 2007 from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in Boulder, Colo. He is a member of the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, the Louisiana Bankers Association and the Committee of 100, a business leadership organization based in Shreveport.

Other members of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana board are Chairman C. "Brent" McCoy of Baton Rouge, Vice Chairman Dr. Richard Atkins of Baton Rouge, Robert "Bob" Brooks of Baton Rouge, Michael B. Bruno of New Orleans, Frances T. Henry of Baton Rouge, Secretary Ann H. Knapp of Lake Charles, Dr. Carl S. Luikart of Baton Rouge, Thad Minaldi of Lake Charles, Virgil Robinson, Jr. of New Orleans, and president and chief executive officer, Gery J. Barry.

About Blue Cross
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is Louisiana-owned and -operated. Marking its 74th anniversary this year, the company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. It is a tax-paying mutual company, owned by its policyholders. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana also has district offices in Alexandria, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans and Shreveport. The company's subsidiaries include HMO Louisiana, Inc. and Southern National Life Insurance Company, Inc.