Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts has hired Vinod Sahney to be the company’s chief strategy officer.

Sahney is chief project officer at the Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, and he has been a visiting professor at the Harvard University School of Public Health for 28 years. He also is chairman of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass.

Sahney has a bachelor’s degree from the Birla Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from Purdue University and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering.

In other personnel news:

- The Jacobson Group, Chicago, has hired Jack Johnsey to be senior vice president for project solutions.

Johnsey will be in charge of putting teams of workers together for companies facing tough situations.

Johnsey previously was senior vice president of sales at SHPS Inc., Louisville, Ky. He has a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

- Securian Financial Services Inc., St. Paul, Minn., has hired Scott Thorson to be vice president for broker-dealer operations.

Thorson previously was director of brokerage field relations at Ameriprise Financial Inc., Minneapolis, according to Securian, a unit of Minnesota Mutual Companies Inc.

Thorson has a bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and a master’s degree in business from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

- Baltimore Life Insurance Company, Owings Mills, Md., has hired Paul Richards to be sales manager for the company’s Cumberland Valley agency.

Richards has a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University.