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Joseph R. Swedish

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President and Chief Executive Officer 
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Joseph R. Swedish is the president and chief executive officer of Anthem, Inc., a Fortune 40 company with more than $70 billion in revenue and the nation’s leading health benefits provider serving more than 38.5 million — or one in nine Americans — through its affiliated health plans and nearly 71 million individuals across 26 states through its subsidiaries.  Mr. Swedish joined Anthem in March 2013. Amidst a rapidly changing health care landscape, Mr. Swedish has evolved Anthem’s strategy to position the company for long-term success by reinvigorating the company’s culture; revolutionizing relationships with providers by focusing on quality and value; and leading Anthem’s consumer transformation with a sharp focus on innovation.

With Mr. Swedish at the helm, Anthem has outperformed financial expectations for eight consecutive quarters with operating revenue growing 20% to more than $73 billion, and Anthem’s share price nearly tripling to an all-time high. Mr. Swedish has also mobilized Anthem's 52,000 associates around three strategic pillars—provider collaboration, managing total cost of care, and consumer centricity—to advance the company's ambitious 2018 goals: grow membership to 40 million members, and grow operating revenue to more than $100 billion.

Mr. Swedish’s more than 40 years of health care leadership includes 25 years as CEO for several major health systems, most recently as president and CEO of Trinity Health, an eighteen-state integrated health care delivery system. Mr. Swedish also held CEO and senior leadership positions with Centura Health, Hospital Corporation of America and other healthcare enterprises focusing on “turnaround” engagements. Throughout his career, Mr. Swedish has built a reputation for accelerating financial and operational performance combined with improvements in cost and quality of care by enhancing strategic direction and tactical market realignment and by leveraging value-creating assets through mergers or strategic acquisitions.

Mr. Swedish serves on the board of directors for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, the National Institute for Health Care Management, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the Board of Trustees of the AHA Health Research and Educational Trust, and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors. Mr. Swedish previously held board and advisory positions with Coventry Health Care, Inc., RehabCare Group, Inc., Cross Country, Inc., the American Hospital Association, Catholic Health Association (as its chairman), National Quality Forum, and Loyola University Chicago.

Mr. Swedish received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.

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