Modern Healthcare - - News Makers - — Joe Carl­son

Aetna’s CFO and CIO are re­ceiv­ing ex­ec­u­tive-level ap­point­ments in Novem­ber, when sev­eral com­pany of­fi­cials are chang­ing roles in re­sponse to Chair­man and CEO Ron­ald Wil­liams’ pend­ing re­tire­ment (Oct. 25, p. 14).

CFO Joseph Zubret­sky, 54, will add the ti­tle of se­nior ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and be given the ad­di­tional du­ties of lead­ing strate­gic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion at the Hart­ford, Conn.-based health plan. Zubret­sky was hired at Aetna in 2007 and will con­tinue in his CFO du­ties, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial and per­for­mance in­vest­ment and cap­i­tal strat­egy and plan­ning, an Aetna news re­lease said.

Mean­while, Mar­garet McCarthy, 56, will get a pro­mo­tion to ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent af­ter adding du­ties to her CIO role, in­clud­ing clin­i­cal in­no­va­tion, and process and per­for­mance im­prove­ment. McCarthy joined Aetna in 2003.

Both changes take ef­fect Nov. 29, the same day that Aetna Pres­i­dent Mark Ber­tolini be­comes CEO. The changes are part of a suc­ces­sion plan trig­gered by Wil­liams’ an­nounce­ment of in­ten­tions to re­tire in April 2011. Wil­liams plans to re­main with the health plan as ex­ec­u­tive chair­man af­ter the change-over, while Aetna of­fi­cials have said the board in­tends to elect Ber­tolini as chair­man of the board upon Wil­liams’ re­tire­ment.


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