Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island taps Aetna veteran to lead organization


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island today announced the appointment of Kim Keck, currently senior vice president, Aetna, as the president and chief executive officer of the local, nonprofit health insurer.

Keck, a seasoned veteran of the health insurance industry, was with Aetna for more than 25 years. Most recently, she has been engaged in integration planning in connection with Aetna’s anticipated acquisition of Humana. During her tenure at Aetna, Keck held various leadership roles in the company, including president of the northeast region, interim president of the southeast region, head of enterprise strategy and mergers and acquisitions integration, and vice president of finance. She also served as the chief of staff to Aetna’s former chairman, CEO and president, Ronald A. Williams. 

“Kim’s strong industry experience, leadership skills and strategic thinking made her the clear choice as Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s next president and CEO. We’re pleased to bring her back to Rhode Island in this critical role,” Randy Wyrofsky, board chair, said. “Kim fully supports our mission to provide Rhode Islanders with access to affordable, high quality healthcare. Her ability to build relationships and plan for the future will help position Blue Cross for continued growth and long-term success.”

Before joining Aetna, Keck was an analyst with Fidelity Investments in Boston. Born, raised and educated in Cumberland, Rhode Island, she holds a bachelor degree from Boston College and an MBA in finance from the University of Connecticut.  She is on the board of directors at the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.

“I am excited to have this opportunity at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and to work with the physicians, hospitals and other healthcare stakeholders in Rhode Island to improve the health of the community,” Keck said. “To succeed in the future, Blue Cross must also transform the members’ experience to meet their needs and expectations by providing simple and affordable options in the market.”

Keck will be the seventh president and CEO of the 77 year old company. She will join the company in June, succeeding Peter Andruszkiewicz in this role.

“The search for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s next president and CEO was a methodical and thoughtful process. Working with a national search firm, Spencer Stuart, the board was able to identify the best possible pool of qualified candidates,” said John Maguire, vice chair of the board and chair of the search committee. “We are delighted that someone of Kim’s character and experience will succeed Peter as president and CEO of Blue Cross. Kim has the management qualities to execute against the long term strategic plan the board approved in the fall of 2014.”


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