Meet the Aetna executives who are helping to transform health care locally, nationally and around the globe
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Aetna
Mark T. Bertolini is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Aetna, a Fortune 100 diversified health care benefits company with more than $47.2 billion in 2013 revenue. Aetna serves an estimated 44 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care and has operations in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Bertolini assumed the role of CEO on November 29, 2010 and of Chairman on April 8, 2011.
Mr. Bertolini joined Aetna in 2003 as head of Aetna’s Specialty Products. In July 2007, he was named president, responsible for all of Aetna’s businesses and operations across the company’s broad range of health care products and related services – including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, as well as medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Prior to serving as Aetna’s president, Mr. Bertolini was executive vice president and head of Aetna’s regional businesses, which included the company’s individual, retiree, small group and middle market segments, as well as numerous product, network and service areas.
Recognized as an accessible, forward-thinking and solutions-oriented leader, Mr. Bertolini is actively engaged in the national dialogue on health care reform, meeting regularly with state and federal policymakers to advocate for measures that increase access, lower costs and improve quality of health care. He is a strong advocate of market-based solutions, the expansion and use of health information technology, and the sustainability of the employer-based system.
Firmly committed to diversity and inclusion, Mr. Bertolini also serves as the company’s executive sponsor for diversity, participates in several Aetna employee resource groups, and maintains a blog to communicate with employees.
Among his civic activities, Mr. Bertolini serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-China Business Council, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, an organization founded by Paul Newman that serves children with cancer and other serious illnesses, and FIDELCO, an organization that breeds and trains guide dogs for the visually disabled. In 2009, he was elected the first straight ally board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Bertolini has been honored for his leadership by numerous universities and organizations, including the National Italian American Foundation, Outward Bound, the National Kidney Registry, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the Quinnipiac University Business School, and Wayne State University School of Business.
Prior to joining Aetna, Mr. Bertolini held executive positions at Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans, and SelectCare, Inc., where he served as president and chief executive officer.
Born and raised in Detroit, Mr. Bertolini held various jobs throughout high school and college, including assembly work at a Ford Motor Company plant and various caregiver roles in health care delivery. Mr. Bertolini is a spinal cord injury survivor and is partially disabled as the result of a severe skiing accident in 2004. In 2007, Mr. Bertolini donated a kidney to his son. His previous work and personal experiences with the health care system are foundational to his dedication to improving the patient experience and addressing the longstanding challenges facing the U.S. health care system.
Mr. Bertolini holds an undergraduate degree in business administration/finance from Wayne State University and a MBA in finance from Cornell University.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Law & Regulatory Affairs
William J. Casazza is Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Law & Regulatory Affairs, reporting to the Company's Chairman, CEO and President, Mark T. Bertolini.
Mr. Casazza joined Aetna’s Law & Regulatory Affairs department in 1992. Mr. Casazza was promoted to Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in 1997 and to Corporate Secretary in 1999. He has been General Counsel since 2005.
Previously, Mr. Casazza was engaged in the private practice of law with Sullivan & Cromwell, a Wall Street law firm, specializing in corporate/securities law matters and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that, Mr. Casazza was a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young.
Mr. Casazza holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Tufts University; a Masters of Business Administration with high distinction from the University of Notre Dame Graduate School of Business Administration; and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell Law School.
Executive Vice President
Richard di Benedetto is Executive Vice President, Aetna International. In this role, Mr. di Benedetto has responsibility for one of the largest global health benefits businesses, serving more than 500,000 members living and working in nearly every country in the world. Aetna International provides expatriate health benefits and collaborates with health care systems, government entities and plan sponsors to design locally appropriate solutions to measure and manage wellness, and improve health, quality and cost outcomes worldwide.
Mr. di Benedetto came to Aetna in June 2013 from Euromedic International, where he served as chief executive officer for one of the largest European private medical services providers in the field of diagnostic services, laboratories and cancer treatment. Euromedic operates 130 centers in 15 countries and employs more than 3,000 people. Joining Euromedic in 2010, he successfully oversaw a transformation of the company internally and externally in just three short years with a focus on organic growth in priority countries.
Prior to Euromedic, Mr. di Benedetto spent 15 years with GE Healthcare. During his time with GE, he held a variety of leadership roles with increasing responsibility, including general manager, Medical Systems, for Eastern European Operations, and vice president Sales Europe, Middle East, and Africa for the Medical Equipment division. Most recently he served as the president and chief executive officer of their Eastern and Africa Growth Markets. Based in Istanbul, he grew the business 27 percent in the first year and expanded the company’s global footprint (80+ countries) in emerging markets through a combination of organic and inorganic growth.
Mr. di Benedetto also worked for the Econocom Group SA based in France and Germany from 1987 to 1994.
Mr. di Benedetto studied economics at ‘Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris’ and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1986. He and his wife, Brigitte, have two children.
Executive Vice President
Deanna Fidler is Executive Vice President, Human Resources (HR) for Aetna. In this role, she is a member of Aetna’s highest level management team and reports to Chairman, CEO and President Mark Bertolini. Ms. Fidler is responsible for the development of HR strategies and the delivery of HR services and programs for Aetna.
Ms. Fidler has over 20 years of Human Resources leadership experience in the areas of strategic client consulting, enterprise workforce planning and development, talent acquisition, leadership development, succession planning, and organization design.
Ms. Fidler is the Executive Sponsor for Aetna’s Women’s Employee Resource Group and was previously a member of the Aetna’s Diversity Board. She is also a member of the Senior Human Resources Management Association and Succession Planning Advisory Board for The Conference Board. She also served as the 2010 Co-Chair of the Go Red for Women Campaign for the American Heart Association. In addition, she has continued to serve as the Co-Chair of the Circle of Red for Go Red for the Women Campaign for the American Heart Association in Greater Hartford Connecticut from 2011 - 2013.
Prior to joining Aetna in 2008, Ms. Fidler held executive roles at Swiss Re as Managing Director, Global Human Resources and Talent Development and Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Communications as well as Head of Swiss Re Academy Americas. The majority of her career was built at General Electric through a succession of increasing strategic global Human Resources roles including Human Resources Leader, Head of Organization and Staffing and Executive Director of The Insurance Leadership Institute. Ms. Fidler began her career with Allstate Insurance in a rotational development program leading to progressive leadership positions in Human Resources and Underwriting.
Ms. Fidler holds a master’s degree in Human Resources and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. She resides in West Hartford, CT.
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Enterprise Risk Officer
Shawn M. Guertin, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Enterprise Risk Officer, joined Aetna in April, 2011. In his current position, Mr. Guertin is responsible for leading all of the corporation’s financial activities including planning and performance management, risk management, financial reporting, investment management, treasury and capital planning, tax, investor relations, corporate actuarial and underwriting and the Business Segment Finance organization. He is a member of Aetna’s Executive Committee, the senior governing body of the company, and is a key strategic contributor.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Guertin served as head of Business Segment Finance where he was responsible for providing leadership to the finance teams supporting each of Aetna’s primary businesses.
Prior to joining Aetna, Mr. Guertin served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Coventry Health Care Inc. (NYSE: CVH). He was responsible for financial reporting, investor relations, mergers & acquisitions, treasury and capital planning, actuarial and underwriting, risk management, tax, budgeting and planning, and real estate and procurement. During his career with Coventry, He was also the Chief Actuary. Mr. Guertin's previous experience includes leadership roles at United HealthCare and Travelers.
Mr. Guertin graduated summa cum laude with distinction from Boston University where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Mathematics. He is a Fellow, Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Executive Vice President
Chief of Staff to Aetna's Chairman
Steven Kelmar is Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, and he serves as Chief of Staff to Aetna's Chairman. Mr. Kelmar is head of Aetna's government, regulatory and policy teams; head of enterprise strategy; and head of Communications and the Aetna Foundation. He is responsible for managing the Chairman’s office, as well as leading critical external initiatives related to health care reform and legislative affairs, communications and philanthropy. He reports directly to Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini and serves on the Company’s Executive Committee.
Prior to Aetna, Mr. Kelmar was head of Global Public Affairs and Policy for Merck and Co., and also served in that capacity for Novartis AG, in Basel, Switzerland. In these roles, he was responsible for setting and driving the public affairs and policy strategies globally for these companies.
Before joining Novartis he served as Senior Vice President, External Relations for Medtronic Inc., for nine years. In this role he led efforts to establish the company as a leading health care technology company. He also had responsibility for corporate planning and established business initiatives that lead to strengthening the company's therapeutic franchises. Mr. Kelmar also served on the Executive Committee at Novartis and Medtronic.
Mr. Kelmar spent 14 years in public service in several executive positions. In 1990, he was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be an Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this position, he served as one of the federal government's chief policymakers during a time of major national reexamination of health care delivery systems.
During his public service career, Mr. Kelmar was Chief of Staff to two Members of the U.S. Congress and also worked in several legislative capacities for Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He has served on the board of several health care companies.
Mr. Kelmar received his Bachelor of Arts in public administration and economics from Pennsylvania State University. He and his wife Patricia have three children.
Executive Vice President
Consumer Products and Enterprise Marketing
Dijuana Lewis is Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Enterprise Marketing. In this new role for Aetna, Ms. Lewis is responsible for aligning consumer-focused businesses, products, services and capabilities to deliver a personalized, end-to-end consumer experience that positions the company for long-term growth. She reports directly to Aetna Chairman, CEO and President Mark T. Bertolini and is a member of Aetna’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Lewis came to Aetna from Walmart, where she most recently served as senior vice president of Healthcare Solutions. She was responsible for pharmaceutical benefits and strategic planning in the health care space for Walmart U.S., acquisition of new customers, cost reduction and access to health care and services to help members live healthier lives.
Before her time at Walmart, Ms. Lewis spent 16 years at Wellpoint where she most recently served as president and CEO of the Comprehensive Health Solutions Business Unit, which includes Wellpoint’s provider relations, care and disease management, imaging management, information management, personal health guidance companies and the pharmacy solutions group. At Wellpoint, she also served previously as president of Local Group Business, president of the Northeast Markets, vice president of the Indiana Health Services Area, chief operating officer of Accordia Health Care Solutions, and vice president of Anthem Network Development.
Ms. Lewis is a member of the Go Red for Women (American Heart Association) Executive Committee, serving as 2012-13 Chair Person; a member of the National Hispanic Health Foundation Board of Directors; and is a Sponsor of Humanitarian Relief Efforts, the Kuaba Foundation.
Ms. Lewis has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is married with two children.
Executive Vice President, Operations & Technology
Meg McCarthy is Executive Vice President, Operations and Technology. She is responsible for clinical innovation, technology and service operations. Meg also has responsibility for process and performance improvement, procurement and real estate services for Aetna, Inc.
Ms. McCarthy served as Vice President and Head of Business Solutions Delivery at Aetna, which brought together all IT project management, development, quality engineering and IT-related business-process reengineering functions, necessary to create, develop and deliver end-to-end business solutions. She also has served as Aetna's CIO.
Prior to joining Aetna in 2003, Ms. McCarthy was Senior Vice President of Information Technology at CIGNA Healthcare in Bloomfield, CT. She has 30 years of information systems and health care operations experience, with strengths in hospital, insurance and managed care business and systems. Her operations and consulting experience includes cost management, mergers, productivity management, care management, clinical work redesign, financial management, and information systems design and implementation.
Ms. McCarthy has also worked in the hospital industry in CIO positions at Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver, CO, one of the largest Catholic Systems in the country and at Franciscan Health System. She was a consulting partner at Ernst & Young in the IT and Performance Improvement practice and also was with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) as a Senior Manager.
Ms. McCarthy has been recognized as one of Insurance & Technology Magazine's “Elite 8” and Computerworld’s Top 100 leaders.
Ms. McCarthy has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, Hospital Administration, from Yale University, and a B.A. in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from Providence College. Her professional affiliations include Yale University Hospital Administration Alumni Association and Yale University Delaware and Massachusetts Alumni Associations. Ms. McCarthy's military experience includes U.S. Navy Medical Services Corps; Lieutenant at Bethesda Naval Hospital; and U.S. Navy Reserves, Lieutenant Commander.
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Harold L. Paz, M.D., M.S., is executive vice president and chief medical officer for Aetna. He leads clinical strategy and policy at the intersection of all of Aetna’s domestic and global businesses. He is responsible for driving clinical innovation to improve patient experience, quality and cost in all areas of the health care delivery system.
Before joining Aetna, Dr. Paz served as chief executive officer of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, senior vice president for Health Affairs for Penn State University, dean of its College of Medicine and professor of medicine and public health sciences for eight years. Prior to his appointment to Penn State, he served as dean of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and chief executive officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group, the largest multispecialty group practice in New Jersey, and professor of medicine. During his tenure at Penn State, Dr. Paz initiated the formation of the Penn State Hershey Health System, which includes four hospitals, 64 ambulatory care practices and 18 affiliated hospitals.
Dr. Paz has focused his medical practice on pulmonary medicine with a special interest in patients with sarcoidosis. His research looks at critical care clinical outcomes, health system organization, and health care effectiveness. A pioneer in the field of quality management, Dr. Paz was among the first to study clinical outcomes in the intensive care unit. From this early work, he recognized the need to formally train physicians in quality, and in 1993 he started the first fellowship of its kind in quality management.
Dr. Paz is chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers and a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the University Health System Consortium board of directors. He is chair of the AAMC Council of Deans administrative board and has served on the AAMC executive council. A former trustee of the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, he has served on corporate and scientific advisory boards in the biotechnology field. Dr. Paz has authored more than 85 publications, including peer-reviewed research and quality articles, chapters, commentaries and abstracts. He also is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sir William Osler Humanitarian Award from the American Lung Association of New Jersey, the Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University, the Honorary Alumni Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an honorary degree from Elizabethtown College. A member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Paz recently joined the Board of United Surgical Partners International.
Dr. Paz received a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from the University of Rochester, a master of science in life science engineering from Tufts University, and his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his internship and residency at Northwestern University, where he served as chief medical resident and instructor in clinical medicine. He was a Eudowood Fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. In addition, he was a post-doctoral fellow in environmental health science at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Executive Vice President
Local and Regional Businesses
Karen S. Rohan is Executive Vice President of Aetna’s Local and Regional Businesses. Ms. Rohan’s responsibilities include leadership of the company’s Individual, Small Group and Middle Market businesses; the field organization, including regional alignment to customers; local network strategy, regional sales and distribution infrastructure; and Group (disability, life, dental) businesses. She also leads Aetna’s integration efforts for its acquisition of Coventry Health Care, Inc.
Ms. Rohan has nearly two decades of experience in the health care industry. She joined Aetna from Magellan Health Services, where she served as president. At Magellan she was responsible for the development and operational execution of the company’s business strategy, as well as the profit and loss for all of Magellan's business units. Prior to Magellan she was president of CIGNA’s Group Disability, Dental and Vision Care businesses. This role was the culmination of a career with CIGNA that included a number of positions with increasing responsibilities in business strategy, operations and finance. She began her career with Ernst & Young as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Ms. Rohan was recently named a finalist for the Female Executive of the Year in the American Business Awards competition known as "The Stevies," and in 2012, she was named the “Most Influential in Specialty Health” for 2012 by the National Association for Specialty Health Organizations. She also was named on the Business Insurance “Women to Watch” list. Ms. Rohan is a strong advocate for women in leadership and has spoken publicly and in interviews about her experience. In 2011, she co-chaired the Health Care and Pharmaceutical Task Force for the Wall Street Journal Women in the Economy Conference.
With a personal and professional commitment to health and wellness, Ms. Rohan is a running enthusiast who has participated in numerous events including the Falmouth Road Race in Falmouth, MA. Ms. Rohan sits on the advisory board of NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, a nonprofit organization that provides independence to people through canine assistance, and is an advocate for the non-profit Share Our Strength program, a national movement to end childhood hunger. She also serves on the advisory board for Ernst & Young’s Boston office.
She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Boston College and an M.B.A. from Boston University.
Executive Vice President
Fran S. Soistman is Executive Vice President of Aetna and head of the Government Services segment. He is responsible for driving growth in the company’s Medicare, Medicaid and Public & Labor businesses, including the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) business.
Mr. Soistman has nearly 30 years of experience in health insurance and managed care. Prior to joining Aetna, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Jessamine Healthcare, a firm focused on strategic investment opportunities in the health care industry. Before his tenure at Jessamine, Mr. Soistman held several senior leadership positions at Coventry Health Care, including Executive Vice President for the Individual Consumer and Government Business Division. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s individual Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, Medicaid and commercial individual products, which served more than 2.5 million members across the United States.
In June 2004, Mr. Soistman was a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Healthcare Technology/Services category. From 2004 to 2008, he served on the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, providing direction for the state agency charged with addressing growing health care costs.
Mr. Soistman serves on several boards, including the University System of Maryland Foundation Board of Directors, Penn State Hershey Medical Center Development Board, Penn State University Presidential Leadership Academy Board of Directors, and Towson University Board of Visitors.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Towson University and is a graduate of The Stanford University Executive Program.
Senior Executive Vice President
Joseph M. Zubretsky is Senior Executive Vice President, National Businesses. In this role he is responsible for Aetna’s strategy and leads a portfolio of health and productivity solutions for multi-national corporations and their employees as well as leading provider organizations.
Mr. Zubretsky leads National Accounts and HealthagenSM, Aetna’s portfolio of health and technology services including Accountable Care Solutions, ActiveHealth Management, Medicity, and iTriage. He also leads Aetna’s national network contracting and care management areas; Aetna’s specialty products, including Behavioral Health and Pharmacy; as well as Payflex, Prodigy, Network Access Businesses, and Corporate Development.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Zubretsky served for six years as Aetna’s Chief Financial Officer. He has twenty-five years of experience as a senior executive in strategy, operating, and finance roles. He came to Aetna from UnumProvident Corporation, where he was Senior Executive Vice President of Finance, Investments and Corporate Development. In that capacity, he was responsible for Unum’s financial operations and capital management, investment management operations, enterprise risk management, and strategy development and planning.
Prior to Unum, Mr. Zubretsky was President and Chief Executive Officer of GAB Robins Group, a global insurance services company, for over six years. Concurrently, he was a partner with New York-based private equity firm, Brera Capital Partners, specializing in insurance industry investments. He has also served as executive vice president of business development and chief financial officer of MassMutual Financial Group, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Healthsource, Inc, and as a partner in the firm of Coopers & Lybrand.
Mr. Zubretsky is a native of Hartford and graduated from the University of Hartford where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.