The Aetna Player Roster

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The people behind Aetna's IT efforts.

John W. Rowe, M.D.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Aetna Inc.
Before taking the helm at Aetna in September 2000, Rowe was president and CEO of Mount Sinai NYU Health, which he had guided through the merger of the Mt. Sinai and New York University medical centers in the city. Rowe is a physician and gerontology expert who founded the Division on Aging at Harvard Medical School.

Ronald A. Williams
Williams joined Aetna in March 2001, originally as executive VP and chief of health operations, and was named president in May 2002. Previously, he had earned a strong reputation as a top executive at WellPoint. He worked in marketing for Control Data Corp., and co-founded another consultancy, Integrative Systems.

Wei-Tih Cheng
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Cheng joined Aetna in April 2001 and reports directly to Rowe. Previously, he spent 15 years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as VP for information systems. In addition to managing Sloan's overall IT strategy, he led the development of systems to support the center's disease management programs. Aetna hopes to use similar systems to help it identify members whose health, and healthcare costs, would benefit from individual attention.

William H. Donaldson
Board Member
Donaldson served as interim CEO after forcing the ouster of Richard Huber in March 2000. Donaldson was a co-founder of Wall Street's Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

Ellen M. Hancock
Board Member
Hancock provides Aetna with high-level advice on IT strategy, based on 35 years of experience as a technology industry executive. She is the former chairman and CEO of Exodus Communications and, before that, was a senior executive at IBM, National Semiconductor and Apple Computer.


Richard L. Huber
Senior Director, Kissinger McLarty Associates; former Chairman, President and CEO, Aetna Inc.
After joining Aetna as CEO in February 1995, Huber executed a strategy of narrowing and strengthening Aetna's focus on health coverage through the merger with U.S. Healthcare and a series of smaller acquisitions. One of U.S. Healthcare's main contributions, as he saw it, was to provide information systems that would unite all of Aetna's HMO operations. But when the company's finances stumbled and its aggressive style of managed care backfired, he was ousted by Aetna's board.

Raj Jaswa
Chairman, President and CEO, Selectica
Jaswa is a co-founder of Selectica, a software vendor that is helping Aetna create a new, unified quotation system. He previously served as president of OPTi Inc., a supplier of PC-compatible chipsets.

Kevin Hickey
Chairman and CEO, IntelliClaim; former Aetna operations executive
Hickey was head of claims and administration for Aetna's Health Plans division prior to the U.S. Healthcare merger, and subsequently served in a similar role at Oxford Health Plans. As founder and chairman of IntelliClaim, he runs a service provider that works with health plans to improve their claims-data quality.

Tom Blodgett
President, ACS Business Process Solutions
With his brother, Lynn, Tom Blodgett co-founded the startup outsourcing business in 1985 that became ACS BPS, after it was acquired by Affiliated Computer Services in 1996. Lynn now serves as group president of outsourcing at ACS, while Tom is president of the BPS unit that concentrates on converting paper forms to electronic data for companies like Aetna.

This article was originally published on 2002-08-09
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