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Blue Shield is pleased to announce Steve Shearer as the Vice President and General Manager for their Small Business market. He joined the company on May 1.

“We are thrilled to have Steve join the Employer Markets team. He is known for building high-performing teams that deliver results, as well as the exceptional quality of his interactions and ability to make meaning for others,” said Nitin Bhargava, Senior Vice President for Employer Markets.

Shearer joins Blue Shield from Anthem Blue Cross, where he spent the past 16 years in executive positions overseeing their Individual and Family Plan and Small Business markets.

Blue Shield has long been committed to the Small Business market, and the broker channel that drives its growth. “I’m inspired by what Blue Shield has done in the Small Business space. Its commitment to this market, coupled with the company’s mission to provide all Californians with affordable and quality coverage, made the decision to join Blue Shield an easy one,” Shearer said.

Shearer takes the reins from Jim Elliott, who has served as the interim Small Business Vice President, and will now focus on the company’s Core market and growing the Producer channel.

Shearer, a long time Californian, is based in the Blue Shield Woodland Hills office. Outside of work, he and his wife enjoy hiking, camping, and playing baseball with their kids.