Deanna Salazar, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
As Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), Deanna Salazar oversees the company’s Legal Division, which provides consulting services to the board of directors and other key executives. This division advises the company in matters such as risk assessment, contracting, regulatory compliance and litigation management. She also oversees BCBSAZ’s Human Resources Department.
Prior to joining BCBSAZ, Salazar was a partner with the Phoenix law firm of Lewis and Roca, Senior Counsel with Wells Fargo Bank, and Senior Counsel with Employee Solutions, a professional employer organization. She joined BCBSAZ in 1999, and began her service with the organization as Associate General Counsel. Before attaining her current position, she was employed as the Vice President of Human Resources.
Salazar is a member of the Arizona and Colorado state bars. She serves as Chair of the Hispanic Women’s Corporation Board of Directors. She also is a member of the Phoenix Art Museum’s Board of Trustee’s, the Board of Directors of Local First Arizona and CALA (Celebracion Artistica de las Americas). She is a recipient of the Valley Del Sol’ Profiles of Success Exemplary Leadership Award and the Los Abogados Community Service Award.
Salazar received her bachelor’s degree from Adams State College and her juris doctorate degree from Arizona State University College of Law.