|Joseph R. Swedish|
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Joseph R. Swedish is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Anthem, Inc., a Fortune 40 company with more than $78 billion in revenue and the nation’s leading health benefits provider serving more than 38.6 million—or one in nine Americans—through its affiliated health plans and over 72 million individuals across 26 states through its subsidiaries. Mr. Swedish joined Anthem in March 2013. He established a goal for Anthem to become America’s valued health partner and has continued to evolve Anthem’s strategy to position the company for long-term success. During his tenure, Mr. Swedish has reinvigorated the company’s culture; revolutionized relationships with providers by focusing on quality and value; and led Anthem’s consumer transformation through innovation. As a visionary leader with a commitment to transforming health care, Mr. Swedish recently led Anthem's effort to enter into a definitive agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation. The $54 billion acquisition, which is expected to close in the second half of 2016, will create the largest premiere health services company with approximately 53 million medical members. In December of 2015, in recognition of his significant achievements in leading the company and his ongoing commitment to innovation and the transformation of America’s health care delivery system, the Anthem Board of Directors elected Mr. Swedish to the additional role of Chairman of the Board.
With Mr. Swedish at the helm, Anthem has grown revenue, membership, earnings per share for three consecutive years, with operating revenue increasing 20% to more than $78 billion and Anthem’s average share price doubling over the previous three-year period. Mr. Swedish also mobilized Anthem’s 53,000 associates around three strategic pillars—provider collaboration, managing total cost of care, and consumer centricity— to achieve the company’s goal of serving more than 40 million members by 2018 and advance Anthem’s vision to be America’s valued health partner.
Mr. Swedish’s more than 40 years of health care leadership include over 25 years as CEO for several major health systems, most recently as president and CEO of Trinity Health, an 18-state integrated health care delivery system. Mr. Swedish also held CEO and senior leadership positions with Centura Health, and Hospital Corporation of America. 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 has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for the previous ten years, twice being named in the top 10 of the health sector’s most senior-level executives, high-level government administrators, elected officials, academics, and thought-leaders.
Mr. Swedish serves on the board of directors for CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions to business, government, education and health care; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association; the National Institute for Health Care Management; America’s Health Insurance Plans; and is chairman of 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.