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David Bridges
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Biography
David Bridges has executive responsibility for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, BlueAdvantage Administrators of Arkansas and Health Advantage Operations, Infrastructure Management and Information Systems. He joined Arkansas Blue Cross in 1974 as a supervisor in Customer Accounts. In 1984, Bridges became executive director of HMO Arkansas and in 1994 was involved in the merger of HMO Arkansas and Health Advantage forming HMO Partners, Inc., d.b.a. Health Advantage. He was promoted to the position of CEO of Health Advantage and Central Region executive in 1997. He was named senior vice president of Customer Service including BlueAdvantage and Arkansas Blue Cross in 2002 while maintaining his role as CEO of Health Advantage. Bridges was promoted to executive vice president of Internal Operations for Arkansas Blue Cross in 2006 and continued to serve as CEO of HMO Partners, Inc., until promoted to his current position in 2014. He remains on the HMO Partners, Inc. board of directors. A native of Fort Smith, Bridges received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He also has attended the Excellence in Customer Service program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Bridges is a member of the Kiwanis Club of downtown Little Rock.