Blue Cross NC Leadership Team

Santiago Estrada, JD

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

Santiago Estrada is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC). Santiago is responsible for Blue Cross NC’s operations related to legal, audit, government affairs, health policy, compliance and external communications. Santiago joined Blue Cross NC as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel in May 2020 before assuming his current role.

Previously, Santiago served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at IQVIA (formerly Quintiles), a leading global provider of information, technology solutions and contract research services to the life sciences industry. Over the course of more than 20 years at IQVIA, during a period of significant business growth and expansion, Santiago held a variety of legal leadership roles globally, including managing mergers and acquisitions, transactional and business support teams, as well as serving on the board of directors and as lead counsel for the company’s largest joint venture.

Santiago is a graduate of Wake Forest Law School and Duke University, and he completed the general manager program at Harvard Business School. 


Leadership Team

Tunde Sotunde MD, MBA, FAAP
President and CEO

Kelly Calabria
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer

Santiago Estrada, JD
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

Stephen Friedhoff, MD
Senior Vice President, Health Care Services

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

Fara Palumbo
Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Mitch Perry
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Gerald Petkau
Senior Vice President, Commercial Markets