Melvin Hardy has been named vice president of Information Technology for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, according to Kathy Ryan, senior vice president of Enterprise Information Systems and Technology for Arkansas Blue Cross.

Melvin Hardy has been named vice president of Information Technology for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, according to Kathy Ryan, senior vice president of Enterprise Information Systems and Technology for Arkansas Blue Cross.

As vice president of Information Technology, Hardy will provide support to all lines of business for all areas of information technology, from support of desktop devices and network administration, to midrange and mainframe computing platforms. This also includes support for staff working remotely across all business functions. Hardy also will manage and maintain all data center facilities for Arkansas Blue Cross.

Hardy joined Arkansas Blue Cross 33 years ago and has served in various leadership roles throughout the Information Technology and Information Systems areas. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of the enterprise data warehouse as well as development and implementation of the current Disaster Recovery Plan, Enterprise Security Program and the Information Technology (IT) Project Management office. Hardy most recently has provided IT support in the areas of midrange and mainframe systems administration, data base administration, storage area network administration, IT contract administration, IT acquisitions and asset management, disaster recovery and information security administration.

A native of Marvell, Hardy earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from

Georgia State University and is a Vietnam-era U.S. Army veteran.

Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest health insurer in Arkansas. Arkansas Blue

Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,700 employees.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is comprised of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans that collectively provide health care coverage for 100 million — nearly one in three — Americans.