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Nicholas L. Coussoule

by Stephani Simmons

September 19, 2019

SVP & Chief Information Officer
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Nick Coussoule joined BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in February 2008 as senior vice president and chief information and strategic technology officer.  In this role, Nick is responsible for a broad range of strategic initiatives, technical and operational support functions. He leads more than 900 employees and oversees a $230 million budget for the company’s information services and business engineering divisions. He reports directly to BlueCross’ chief operating officer and serves on the company’s corporate leadership council. 

Nick has more than 30 years of extensive experience in operations and technology consulting and IT management in the U.S. and internationally.  He began his career in consulting with Keane Inc. serving as a project manager and account manager in the US and the Netherlands, before moving into senior management. 

He has held senior IT leadership positions at Alumax Inc. as well as the chief information officer position at Pameco Corporation and Teltek Inc. Nick most recently served as the senior vice president and chief information officer at Crawford & Company, the world’s largest independent provider of claims management solutions.   

At BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, he has been instrumental in helping the company successfully implement the requirements of the Affordable Care Act allowing BlueCross to obtain dominant market share while meeting our customer obligations. His team developed a Member 360 dashboard providing significantly improved customer service efficiency and effectiveness. His team also partnered with BCBST strategic marketing team to implement significant digital capabilities including an award-winning member portal and award-winning mobile applications.  

Nick is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he obtained a degree with honors in economics and mathematics. He is also a graduate of the 2015 Nashville Healthcare Council Fellows program. 

Nick is a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics – the statutory public advisory body to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on health information policy, where he co-chairs the Standards Subcommittee. He is a board member of the Tennessee HIMSS chapter. He is also a member of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Computer Science.