Joseph R. Swedish

by Rachad Davis

January 13, 2017

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer,
Anthem, Inc.,

Joseph R. Swedish

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 nearly 40 million members—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 52,000 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, or 11 percent, to nearly 40 million, the average share price has doubled, and operating revenue has increased 30 percent to more than $83 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 is leading Anthem’s efforts to acquire Cigna Corporation, the largest transaction in the history of the sector, aimed at expanding access to high quality, affordable care for health care consumers in all fifty states.

Mr. Swedish has more than 44 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. He has also specialized in leveraging value-creating assets through mergers and strategic acquisitions. Mr. Swedish is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Rocky Mountain Region award, regarded as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, and was one of five health care leaders named to Crain Communications Top 100 Innovators list in 2016. Mr. Swedish has also been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for the previous 11 years, being named in the top 20 of the health sector’s most senior-level executives, high-level government administrators, elected officials, academics, and thought-leaders for four consecutive years.

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; and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). He is also chairman of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors and a member of the Duke Margolis External Advisory Board. 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 January 2017, 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.