Joseph R. Swedish is the president and chief executive officer of Anthem, Inc., the nation’s leading health benefits provider serving more than 38 million—or one in nine—Americans through its affiliated health plans. Mr. Swedish oversees the provision of innovative health benefits solutions in 14 states as an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and to Medicaid beneficiaries in 19 states, including those served by its Amerigroup subsidiary, the nation’s leader in Medicaid managed care. Under Mr. Swedish’s visionary leadership, Anthem is transforming health care with trusted and caring solutions and meaningfully advancing affordability and better health outcomes for its members.
With more than 40 years of health care leadership experience, Mr. Swedish assumed the role of CEO in 2013 and was named president by the Board of Directors in May 2014. He is credited with streamlining operations and investing in improved capabilities, reinvigorating Anthem’s culture to create a unified and inclusive enterprise, and successfully launching more than 1,000 new products on the health insurance exchange marketplace in 2014. Anthem has outperformed expectations each quarter during Mr. Swedish’s tenure and the company’s stock price has risen to an all-time high.
Mr. Swedish spent 24 years as CEO for several major health systems, most recently as president and CEO of Trinity Health Corporation, a multi-state integrated health care delivery system.
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, where he sits on Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors.