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Highmark names former Aetna exec as executive VP, chief strategy officer

By , - Last modified: January 14, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Highmark Inc. has named former Aetna executive Jayanth “Jay” Godla as its executive vice president and chief strategy officer.

A news release said Godla will be responsible for leading the Pittsburgh-based insurer’s long-range strategic planning efforts and identifying future growth and affiliation opportunities.

Highmark continues to evolve from a health insurer to a diversified health services company that includes the delivery of care, and the successful execution of our business strategy is critical to our long-term growth,” said Highmark President and CEO Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., to whom Godla will report. “Our aim is to make health care affordable and accessible for our members.”

Godla has been head of enterprise strategy since 2011 at Aetna in Hartford, Conn., where he was responsible for developing corporate strategy, managing the company’s strategic planning process and driving the implementation of key strategic initiatives.

From 2009 to 2011, Godla served as global markets and strategy leader for Aon Hewitt. He also served as a senior-level consultant at McKinsey & Company (2004-09), PricewaterhouseCoopers (1998-2003) and Deloitte and Touche (1997-98).

Godla received his master of business administration degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. He also earned a master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toledo in 1997 and a bachelor's degree in technology from Sri Venkateswara University’s College of Engineering in Tirupati, India, in 1993.


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