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Board of Directors

Meet our board members

Members of our Board of Directors share their vast knowledge and diverse business experience to help guide Aetna’s actions. The Board is like a trusted advisor, helping us deliver on our mission statement.

Fernando Aguirre

Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Chiquita Brands International, Inc.

Fernando Aguirre served as President and Chief Executive Officer from January 2004 to October 2012 and Chairman from May 2004 to October 2012 of Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (global distributor of consumer products).  Prior to joining Chiquita, Mr. Aguirre worked for more than 23 years in brand management, general management and turnarounds at The Procter & Gamble Company ("P&G") (manufacturer and distributor of consumer products).

Mr. Aguirre began his P&G career in 1980, serving in various capacities including President and General Manager of P&G Brazil, President of P&G Mexico, Vice President of P&G’s global snacks and US food products, and President of global feminine care.  In July 2002, Mr. Aguirre was named President, special projects, reporting to P&G’s Chairman and CEO, working on strategy.

Mr. Aguirre formerly served as a director of Coveris from 2014 to 2015, Levi Strauss from 2010 to 2014, and Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. from 2005 to 2010.  He currently serves as a director of Barry Callebaut AG (manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products).

Mark T. Bertolini

Mark T. Bertolini

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna Inc.

Mark T. Bertolini is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna.  He assumed the role of Chairman on April 8, 2011 and Chief Executive Officer on November 29, 2010.  From July 2007 to December 2014, he served as president, responsible for all of Aetna’s businesses and operations.  Mr. Bertolini joined Aetna in 2003 as head of Aetna’s Specialty Products, and subsequently served as executive vice president and head of Aetna’s regional businesses.  

Before joining Aetna, Mr. Bertolini held executive positions at Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans, and SelectCare, Inc., where he was president and chief executive officer.  Mr. Bertolini also serves as a director of Verizon Communications Inc. (communications, information and entertainment products and services), Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (insurance and investment products), The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a non-profit organization founded by Paul Newman that serves children with cancer and other serious illnesses, and the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization that breeds, trains and places German Shepherd guide dogs with people who have visual disabilities.

Frank M. Clark

Frank M. Clark

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Commonwealth Edison Company

Frank M. Clark is non-executive chairman of BMO Financial Corporation (financial services) and was appointed President of the Chicago Board of Education in July 2015.  Previously, Mr. Clark retired in February 2012 as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Edison Company (“ComEd”) (an electric energy distribution subsidiary of Exelon Corporation), having served in this position since November 2005. Mr. Clark served as President of ComEd from October 2001 to 2005 and Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff to the Exelon Corporation Chairman from 2004 to 2005.

After joining ComEd in 1966, Mr. Clark held key leadership positions in operational and policy-related responsibilities, including regulatory and governmental affairs, customer service operations, marketing and sales, information technology, human resources and labor relations, and distribution support services.  Mr. Clark serves as director of Waste Management, Inc. (waste disposal services).

Betsy Z. Cohen

Betsy Z. Cohen

Former Chief Executive Officer
The Bancorp, Inc.

Betsy Z. Cohen served as Chief Executive Officer of The Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary, The Bancorp Bank (internet banking and financial services), from September 2000 to December 2014, having previously served as Chairman of The Bancorp Bank from November 2003 to February 2004.  She currently serves as a Strategic Advisor of The Bancorp, Inc., and the Chairman of FinTech Acquisition Corp. (blank check company).  From August 1997 to December 2010, Mrs. Cohen served as Chairman and a trustee of RAIT Financial Trust (real estate investment trust) and until December 2006, she also held the position of Chief Executive Officer.

From 1999 to 2000, Mrs. Cohen served as a director of Hudson United Bancorp (holding company), the successor to JeffBanks, Inc., where she had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since its inception in 1981 and also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiaries, Jefferson Bank (which she founded in 1974) and Jefferson Bank New Jersey (which she founded in 1987) prior to JeffBanks' merger with Hudson United Bancorp in December 1999.

From 1985 until 1993, Mrs. Cohen was a director of First Union Corp. of Virginia (bank holding company) and its predecessor, Dominion Bankshares, Inc. In 1969, Mrs. Cohen co-founded a commercial law firm and served as a senior partner until 1984.

Molly J. Coye, M.D.

Molly J. Coye, M.D.

Senior Executive in Residence
Avia Health Innovation

Molly J. Coye, M.D. is Senior Executive in Residence for Avia Health Innovation, an organization dedicated to helping healthcare providers select and implement emerging tech-enabled solutions  (a network for health systems), a position she assumed in August 2016. Previously, Dr. Coye served as Social Entrepreneur in Residence for the Network for Excellence in Healthcare Innovation (non-profit, nonpartisan health policy institute), from June 2015 to August 2016, and Chief Innovation Officer of the UCLA Health System (comprehensive health care organization), from September 2010 to May 2015.  

Dr. Coye also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CalRHIO (non-profit California health information exchange organization) and Chief Executive Officer of the Health Technology Center (non-profit education and research organization), which she founded in December 2000.  She also served as a Senior Advisor to the Public Health Institute until August 2010.  Earlier, Dr. Coye served in both the public and private sectors as  Senior Vice President of the West Coast Office of The Lewin Group (consulting) from 1997 to 2000; Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, of HealthDesk Corporation from 1996 to 1997; Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations, Good Samaritan Health Hospital from 1993 to 1996; Director of the California Department of Health Services from 1991 to 1993; Head of the Division of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health from 1990 to 1991; Commissioner of Health of the New Jersey State Department of Health from 1986 to 1989; Special Advisor for Health and the Environment, State of New Jersey Office of the Governor from 1985 to 1986; and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Medical Investigative Officer from 1980 to 1985.

She formerly served as chair of PATH (non-profit organization developing technologies for international health), and Big White Wall, Ltd. (online behavioral health company providing a collaborative platform for well-being services).  Dr. Coye currently serves as chair of of the board of directors of Prosetta Biosciences, Inc. (biotechnology firm developing assays and therapeutics), and member of the advisory boards of ConsejoSano (telehealth call center for the Spanish speaking population) and Smart Ear (a company designing an in-ear hearing device.

Roger N. Farah

Roger N. Farah

Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director
Tory Burch LLC

Roger N. Farah is Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director of Tory Burch LLC (lifestyle products), a position he has held since September 2014.  He is former Executive Vice Chairman of Ralph Lauren Corporation (lifestyle products), having served in that position from November 2013 to May 2014. 

Mr. Farah previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Ralph Lauren Corporation from April 2000 to October 2013 and Director from April 2000 to August 2014.  Prior to that, he served as Chairman of the Board of Venator Group, Inc. (now Foot Locker, Inc.) from December 1994 to April 2000, and as its Chief Executive Officer from December 1994 to August 1999.  Mr. Farah served as President and Chief Operating Officer of R.H. Macy & Co., Inc. (retailing) from July 1994 to October 1994.

From June 1991 to July 1994, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Federated Merchandising Services (retailing), the central buying and product development arm of Federated Department Stores, Inc. (retailing).  From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Farah served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rich's/Goldsmith's Department Stores (retailing) and its President from 1987 to 1988.  He held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at Saks Fifth Avenue, Inc. (retailing) from 1975 to 1987.  Mr. Farah serves as a director of The Progressive Corporation (auto insurance) and a non-executive director of Metro Bank PLC (an independent U.K. bank).

Jeffrey E. Garten

Jeffrey E. Garten

Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management

Jeffrey E. Garten is Dean Emeritus of the Yale School of Management. Previously, he served as Yale University’s Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice of International Trade, Finance and Business from 2005 to 2015.  From 1995 to 2005, he served as Dean of the Yale School of Management.  Mr. Garten also served as Chairman of Garten Rothkopf (global consulting firm), from 2005 to 2016.

Mr. Garten held senior posts on the White House staff and at the U.S. Department of State from 1973 to 1979.  He joined Shearson Lehman Brothers (investment banking) in 1979 and served as Managing Director from 1984 to 1987.  In 1987, Mr. Garten founded Eliot Group, Inc. (investment banking) and served as President until 1990, when he became Managing Director of The Blackstone Group (private merchant bank).  From 1992 to 1993, Mr. Garten was Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.

He was appointed U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade in 1993 and served in that position until 1995.  He is the author of A Cold Peace: America, Japan, Germany and the Struggle for Supremacy; The Big Ten: Big Emerging Markets and How They Will Change Our Lives; The Mind of the CEO; and The Politics of Fortune: A New Agenda for Business Leaders.  Mr. Garten serves as a director of CarMax, Inc. (automotive retailer), and nine Credit Suisse mutual funds. He also is a trustee of the International Rescue Committee.

Ellen M. Hancock

Ellen M. Hancock

Former President of Jazz Technologies, Inc.
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exodus Communications, Inc.

Ellen M. Hancock served as the President of Jazz Technologies, Inc. and President and Chief Operating Officer of its predecessor, Acquicor Technology Inc., from August 2005 to June 2007.  Prior to its merger with Jazz Semiconductor, Inc., a wafer foundry, in February 2007, Jazz Technologies (then known as Acquicor) was a blank check company formed for the purpose of acquiring businesses in the technology, multimedia and networking sector.

Mrs. Hancock previously served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Exodus Communications, Inc. (Internet system and network management services).  She joined Exodus in March 1998 and served as Chairman from June 2000 to September 2001, Chief Executive Officer from September 1998 to September 2001, and President from March 1998 to June 2000.  Mrs. Hancock held various staff, managerial and executive positions at International Business Machines Corporation (information-handling systems, equipment and services) from 1966 to 1995.

She became a Vice President of IBM in 1985 and served as President, Communication Products Division, from 1986 to 1988, when she was named General Manager, Networking Systems.  Mrs. Hancock was elected an IBM Senior Vice President in November 1992, and in 1993 was appointed Senior Vice President and Group Executive, which position she held until February 1995.  Mrs. Hancock served as an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of National Semiconductor Corporation (semiconductors) from September 1995 to May 1996, and served as Executive Vice President for Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer of Apple Computer Inc. (personal computers) from July 1996 to July 1997. Mrs. Hancock serves as a director of Colgate-Palmolive Company.

Richard J. Harrington

Richard J. Harrington

Chairman and General Partner, The Cue Ball Group
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, The Thomson Corporation

Richard J. Harrington is Chairman and General Partner of The Cue Ball Group (a venture capital firm). Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Thomson Corporation (business technology and integrated information solutions) prior to its acquisition of Reuters Group PLC in April 2008. From April 2008 to October 2009, he served as Chairman of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Mr. Harrington held a number of senior leadership positions within Thomson since 1982, including CEO of Thomson Newspapers, and CEO of Thomson Professional Publishing.

Mr. Harrington began his professional career with Arthur Young & Co. (public accounting firm) in 1972, where he became a licensed certified public accountant. In 2002, he was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from University of Rhode Island. In 2007, he received the "Legend in Leadership" award from the Yale University Chief Executive Leadership Institute; the "CEO of the Year" award from the Executive Council, and the "Man of the Year" award from the National Executive Council for his many philanthropic activities.

Mr. Harrington serves as a director of Xerox Corporation (document management, technology and service enterprise), and Redline Trading Solutions (designs and deploys stock market data and order execution systems).

Edward J. Ludwig

Edward J. Ludwig

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Becton, Dickinson and Company

Edward J. Ludwig is former Chairman of the Board of Becton, Dickinson and Company (“BD”) (global medical technology company) having served in that position from February 2002 through June 2012. He also served as Chief Executive Officer from January 2000 to September 2011 and as President from May 1999 to December 2008. Mr. Ludwig joined BD as a Senior Financial Analyst in 1979. Prior to joining BD, he served as a senior auditor with Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) where he earned his CPA and as a financial and strategic analyst at Kidde, Inc.  

Mr. Ludwig currently serves as a director of Xylem, Inc. (water technology company), Boston Scientific Corporation (medical devices), and POCARED Diagnostics Ltd (diagnostics technology manufacturer).  He also is Vice Chairman of the Hackensack University Medical Center Network Board of Trustees.

Joseph P. Newhouse

Joseph P. Newhouse

John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management
Harvard University

Joseph P. Newhouse is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University, a position he assumed in 1988. At Harvard, he also is the Director of the Division of Health Policy Research and Education, the Director of the Interfaculty Initiative on Health Policy, Chair of the Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy and a member of the faculties of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Newhouse held various positions at The RAND Corporation from 1968 to 1988, serving as a faculty member of the RAND Graduate School from 1972 to 1988, as Deputy Program Manager for Health Sciences Research from 1971 to 1988, Senior Staff Economist from 1972 to 1981, Head of the Economics Department from 1981 to 1985 and as a Senior Corporate Fellow from 1985 to 1988. Dr. Newhouse was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Health Economics, which he edited for 30 years.

Dr. Newhouse is a Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a member of the New England Journal of Medicine Editorial Board, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a director of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. He is the author of Free for All: Lessons from the RAND Health Insurance Experiment and Pricing the Priceless: A Health Care Conundrum.

Joseph P. Newhouse

Olympia J. Snowe

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Olympia Snowe, LLC
Former U. S. Senator

Senator Olympia J. Snowe is Chairman and CEO of Olympia Snowe, LLC, a policy and communications consulting firm, and a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she is a member of the board and co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform. Senator Snowe served in the U.S. Senate from 1995-2013, and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979-1995.

While in the U.S. Senate, she served as chair and was the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and served on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Senator Snowe also served as chair of the Subcommittee on Seapower for the Senate Armed Services Committee. She received a B.A. in political science from the University of Maine and has received honorary doctorate degrees from many colleges and universities. Senator Snowe serves as a Director of T. Rowe Price Group (investment management), and Synchrony Financial (consumer credit business).

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