Joseph R. Swedish is the former chairman, 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 38.7 million – or one in nine Americans – through its affiliated health plans and over 72 million individuals through its subsidiaries.
Mr. Swedish joined Anthem in March 2013 and positioned the company for long-term success by streamlining operations, investing in improved service capabilities, and mobilizing Anthem’s 51,500 associates around three strategic pillars-provider collaboration, managing total cost of care, and consumer centricity. During his tenure, Anthem outperformed expectations for nine consecutive quarters, growing operating revenue by 20% and nearly tripling Anthem’s share price to an all-time high. As a visionary leader with a commitment to transforming health care, Mr. Swedish led Anthem’s effort to enter into a definitive agreement to acquire Cigna Corporation. The $54 billion acquisition, which is expected to close in late 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.
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. 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 received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in health sdministration from Duke University, where he serves as chairman of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors.