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People news: Excellus names new director of labor sales

By Journal Staff (


Andrew Dober
Andrew Dober (Photo credit: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield)

UTICA, N.Y. — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced it has appointed Andrew Dober director of labor sales at the health insurer, the largest in Central New York.

Dober began his career at Excellus in 1992, holding a variety of sales positions in areas including commercial sales and the government-programs division. Since 2000, he worked to serve, retain, and grow the health insurer’s labor book of business across Excellus’ 31-county service area.

With this new appointment, Dober will also serve as the health plan’s corporate designee to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s National Labor Office.

Dober is licensed in life, accident, and health insurance and earned an associate degree from Onondaga Community College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and human-resources management from SUNY Brockport and an advanced labor-studies certificate from the BCBSA’s National Labor Office at Rutgers University. He currently serves on the Labor and Employment Relations Association board and volunteers with various organizations. Dober is a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Greater Syracuse civic-leadership training program.

Rochester–based Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and serves 1.5 million members in upstate New York. The not-for-profit company employs more than 4,200 people.