|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 33 company and the nation’s leading health benefits provider, serving more than 39.8 million—or one in eight Americans—through its affiliated health plans and over 73 million individuals across 27 states through Amerigroup, CareMore, Simply Healthcare, and its portfolio of health services subsidiaries.
Mr. Swedish joined Anthem in March 2013 and quickly set forth the company’s vision to be America’s valued health partner. A visionary leader with an ongoing commitment to health care innovation and collaboration, Mr. Swedish is dedicated to transforming America’s health care system by revolutionizing relationships with providers and expanding access to high quality, affordable health care for consumers. During his tenure, Mr. Swedish has reinvigorated the company’s culture, centered around meeting the unique needs of its increasingly diverse members and communities, and mobilized Anthem’s 53,000 associates around four strategic pillars—provider collaboration, managing total cost of care, consumer centricity, and quality.
Since Mr. Swedish joined the company, Anthem’s membership has grown by four million, the average share price has doubled, and operating revenue has increased 30 percent to more than $78 billion. Continuing to evolve Anthem’s strategy to position the company for long-term success, Mr. Swedish oversaw the completion of the Simply Healthcare acquisition in February 2015 to serve Medicaid and Medicare members in Florida, and continues to lead Anthem’s efforts to acquire Cigna Corporation, a transaction aimed at expanding access to high quality, affordable care for all health care consumers.
Mr. Swedish has more than 43 years of health care leadership experience, including 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, and previously 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 and 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 (AHIP); 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. Beginning in November 2016, Mr. Swedish will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of AHIP, the national trade association representing nearly 1300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans.
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.