October 11, 2010

CIGNA CEO David Cordani to speak in Carey School series

David M. Cordani, president and chief executive officer of CIGNA Corp., will be the featured speaker at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Leaders + Legends lecture series to be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Legg Mason Tower in Harbor East.

Cordani was appointed to his current position in December 2009, having been president and chief operating officer since June 2008.

At a pivotal time in CIGNA’s 200-year history, with the public spotlight on U.S. health care and global employers finding their benefits programs to be a challenge to competitiveness, Cordani has set the goal to move from a traditional insurance company to the leading global health service company.  CIGNA is acting to keep people healthy and to identify and help people at risk of losing their health, while still providing for those chronically or acutely ill. CIGNA also focuses on helping individuals maintain their sense of security and gain peace of mind through its financial health products.

Cordani is also involved with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. When his company undertakes the CIGNA Health Awareness Tour to educate employees, customers and communities across the United States about health and healthy lifestyles, Cordani, who is a competitive tri-athlete, is an active participant.

Cordani previously served as president of CIGNA HealthCare; president of Health Segments for CIGNA HealthCare; senior vice president and chief financial officer of CIGNA HealthCare; controller for CIGNA Corp.; and president of CIGNA HealthCare’s southeast region. Prior to CIGNA, he was with Coopers & Lybrand.

Cordani serves on the boards of directors of CIGNA, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and the CIGNA Foundation. A graduate of Texas A&M, he received his MBA in marketing from the University of Hartford and is a Chartered Financial Consultant.

The Leaders + Legends monthly breakfast series, which features today’s most influential business and public policy leaders addressing topics of global interest and importance, is designed to engage business and community professionals in an examination of the most compelling issues and challenges facing society today.

Admission to the lecture, which in-cludes breakfast, is $35. To register and for more information, go to carey.jhu.edu/