Strategic Advisory Board Member

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Joe Bastante, Chief Technology Officer

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina


Joe is a technology change leader who has led technology transformation for world-class organizations for more than two decades. In his current role, Joe has held responsibility for  major areas of IT whereby he transforms the organization, gains stability in outcomes, and transitions for longer-term operations.

Most recently Joe has envisioned, gained approval for, and executed a major data center migration and modernization program building colocation data centers in proximity to cloud vendors. As this work has been transitioned, Joe is championing the AI strategy for the company, leading a comprehensive Cloud deployment initiative, and has recently taken responsibility for all information delivery functions in IT to modernize and accelerate speed-to-market. Joe leads all architecture functions, mobile solution delivery, and an innovation practice, which is growing due to executive leadership excitement about recent innovations.

One of Joe’s defining qualities is his commitment to ongoing learning in technology, leadership, and business. Joe devotes a significant amount of personal time learning and applying the latest and most important new technologies. He also continues to study leadership material often engaging his staff through book clubs and discussions.

Prior to Blue Cross, Joe held leadership positions at Quintiles Transnational (Now IQVIA) in IT and within the business where he helped define a new model for drug development. Joe has held positions of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson and AT&T. Additionally, he has provided strategic and technology consulting to organizations in the industries of Financial, Telecommunications, Health & Life Sciences, Manufacturing, and Insurance.

Joe holds both an M.S. and B.A. in Computer Science and has earned several certifications including Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the American Society for Quality and Project Management certification from PMI.

Joe often is sought as a speaker on the topics of technology, IT transformation, and process improvement. Most recently he’s presented at the Premier CIO Forum Conference, the Digital Enterprise Transformation Assembly, the Triangle Technology Executive Council, and the American Society for Quality chapter meetings.

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