Richard L. Boals
President and Chief Executive Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
As president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), Richard L. Boals provides his strategic vision and expertise to the state’s leading health insurer.
Mr. Boals joined BCBSAZ in 1971 and has served in a variety of capacities, seeing the company through numerous years of stability and success. Prior to his appointment to chief executive officer in April 2003, Boals served as president and chief operating officer.
Mr. Boals is a member of the board of directors for BCBSAZ, as well as for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. He is chairman of the board of directors for TriWest Healthcare Alliance. In addition, Boals serves as president and board member of CSA General Insurance Agency Inc., a BCBSAZ subsidiary.
His commitments don’t end there: Mr. Boals is also active in the community, and has been involved with countless professional and local organizations. He chooses to be aligned with Arizona organizations that focus on youth and education, health, wellness and human services, economic and civic development, and arts and culture.
Mr. Boals is on the board of directors for Arizona Commerce Authority, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business Center for Services Leadership, Arizona State University President’s Club, Arizona State University Dean’s Council of 100, and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. He is a member of the Translational Genomics Research Institute’s board of governors, Arizona Educational Foundation’s advisory board, and the Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation board of directors. He is chairman of the board of directors for O’Connor House.
Awards recognizing Mr. Boals’ role as a community and business leader include the ASU Alumni Leadership Award, the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation’s Heroes of Education Award, the Victoria Foundation’s Advocates for Education Award, the American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations and Centennial Leadership Awards, the Anti-Defamation League’s Jerry J. Wisotsky Torch of Liberty Award, the Greater Phoenix Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Individual Award, and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s Globe and Anchor Award. He has also received recognition for his contributions to the Kidney Foundation and Arizona’s Children Association. The Business Journal Phoenix added Mr. Boals to its Silver Anniversary Honor Roll, which recognizes leaders whose work in the Valley over the past 25 years has left a lasting impact and value for all.
Mr. Boals received his associate’s degree from Phoenix College and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University. He has completed executive development courses at Fuqua School of Business a tDuke University, Haas School of Business at the University of California, Harvard University and University o fMichigan. Mr. Boals served four years in the United States Air Force before beginning his career at BCBSAZ.