Joseph R. Swedish is Executive Chairman, Anthem Board of Directors, a Fortune 33 company and the nation’s leading health benefits provider. Anthem serves more than 40 million members—or one in eight Americans—through its affiliated health plans, and over 73 million individuals across 27 states through its broad portfolio of health insurance and services subsidiaries, including Amerigroup, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield health plans, CareMore, and Simply Healthcare.
Mr. Swedish has more than 45 years of health care leadership experience. Most recently, Mr. Swedish served as Chairman, President and CEO of Anthem. Under Mr. Swedish’s leadership, the company experienced remarkably strong financial performance. Since he joined the company in March 2013, Anthem’s membership grew by four million, or 11 percent, to more than 40 million, the average share price nearly quadrupled, and operating revenue increased 39 percent to over $89 billion. Core strategic imperatives included improvement in the total cost of care, provider collaboration, consumer centricity, and quality of care and service. Prior to joining Anthem, Mr. Swedish served as CEO for several major integrated health care delivery systems, including president and CEO of Trinity Health, an 18-state integrated health care delivery system. He also held CEO and senior leadership positions with Colorado’s Centura Health and Hospital Corporation of America.
Mr. Swedish has built a reputation for accelerating financial and operational performance by innovative strategic direction and tactical market realignment. He has specialized in leveraging value-creating assets through high performing governance, strategy formulation, marketing, and mergers/strategic acquisitions. Mr. Swedish has been at the forefront of the industry’s efforts to utilize advances in information technology. During his tenure at Trinity, Mr. Swedish led the development of the nation’s first large scale electronic medical records system and, at Anthem, leveraged the company’s data repository to advance predictive analytics in support of population health management. Mr. Swedish continues to apply his expertise through data analytics, provider enablement tools and consumer engagement that transforms health care by improved access, quality and cost. Mr. Swedish works closely with political leaders and policymakers to find innovative, cost effective solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing health care challenges.
Mr. Swedish’s leadership and influence have been recognized nationally. For twelve years in a row, Modern Healthcare has named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, ranking in the top 20 of the health sector’s most senior-level executives, high-level government administrators, elected officials, academics, and thought-leaders for five consecutive years. In 2016, Mr. Swedish was one of five health care leaders named to Crain Communications’ Top 100 Innovators list. He is also 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.
Mr. Swedish’s commitment to public service, education, diversity and inclusion, and better health care for all extends to his numerous board affiliations. He serves on the board of directors for IBM; CDW (a leading provider of technology solutions to business, government, education, and health care); 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. Previously, Mr. Swedish served as chairman of the Catholic Health Association. He has also held board and advisory positions with Coventry Health Care, Inc., RehabCare Group, Inc., Cross Country, Inc., American Hospital Association, National Quality Forum, and Loyola University Chicago.
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.