May 10, 2006
Sandra Loder Named CIO of Clear Choice Health Plans
Will help shape the firm's strategic direction and infrastructure
LOS ANGELES - Sandra Y.K. Loder ('93) is the new chief information officer for Clear Choice Health Plans. Clear Choice is an Oregon insurance company offering health insurance, including Medicare Advantage plans, commercial plans and third party administration, to individuals and businesses throughout Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, and the Columbia Gorge. The company is located in Bend, where Loder makes her home. She has been with Clear Choice for nearly two years.
As CIO, Loder is a member of the company's executive team, helping shape Clear Choice's strategic direction and infrastructure. More specifically, her area of responsibility is the IT department. "Our major application is the software that processes the claims. Currently the system is outsourced and hosted in Birmingham, Alabama. Now, we're bringing it in house," Loder said. "We also do disease and case management and we're bringing those applications in house as well. Our department also programs our web site, develops applications for reporting, and manages all the personal computers at the company."
Bend, east of the Cascade Mountains, has become in recent years an enclave for big city ex-pats. The region's desert climate attracts skiers and snow sport-types in the winter, with the mountain bikers and hikers coming in the summer. "It's a small community that's laid back. But it's becoming increasingly more sophisticated," Loder said. "The town would like to become another Aspen."
Originally, it was the promise of a start-up that drew Loder to Bend. At the time, she was in her sixth year at Herbalife, where she began as a financial analyst then moved over to the IT side of the company. The start-up was a pop music record label. A close friend already in Bend felt the local talent was significant enough to start a label and Loder headed north. "I guess L.A. traffic got to me and starting fresh sounded good," she said.
When her friend decided to close down the label, she decided to stay, taking a position at Clear Choice, hired on as a project manager to evaluate the company's claims software. She was promoted to vice-president, IT, before becoming CIO. Prior to joining Herbalife, she worked in London for the Bank of England and was an attorney in Washington, D.C. before coming to UCLA Anderson.
She credits her UCLA Anderson experience with helping to hone her strategic vision. "The business school experience is about shaping that strategic viewpoint. I learned a lot working with students on their field studies and professor Janis Forman really gave me wonderful insight in this regard. It helped shape where I wanted to go. An MBA really prepares you for work as an executive. And even though it took a while to get there, it was invaluable in helping me get to where I am.
"I have a lot of fun at work every day. I see myself staying here a while."
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