Blue Cross NC Leadership Team

Jo Abernathy

Chief Information Officer

Jo Abernathy is the Chief Information Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. In this role, she is responsible for technology strategy and operations. Abernathy has more 25 years of leadership experience in various technology areas, including client services, infrastructure management, data center operations, data warehousing, and application development.  

She is passionate about technology transformation and employee engagement, which has been recognized by Computerworld and CIO 100. Blue Cross NC has made Computerworld’s list of 100 Best Places to Work in IT for two years. In 2018, we ranked No. 9 among midsize companies.

Abernathy has been a speaker at various technology events, including those sponsored by the CIO Executive Council, the NC Technology Association, the Triangle Technology Executives Council, and Women in Technology International. She has been named CIO of the Year by Business Leader magazine and currently serves on the NC Technology Association's Board of Advisors.

A lifelong North Carolinian, Abernathy holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration from UNC-Greensboro.

She is dedicated to causes that help improve the health and well-being of people in our community. Abernathy is a Board member of the NC Coalition for Fiscal Health.

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Jo Abernathy

Leadership Team

Tunde Sotunde MD, MBA, FAAP
President and CEO

Jo Abernathy
Chief Information Officer

Santiago Estrada, JD
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

Francesca D. Gary
Senior Vice President, Government Markets

Sonny Goyal
Senior Vice President, Diversified Business Group and Chief Strategy Officer

Karla Mizelle
Senior Vice President, Chief Operations & Member Experience Officer

Von Nguyen, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Fara Palumbo
Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Mitch Perry
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Gerald Petkau
Senior Vice President, Commercial Markets