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HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced the appointment of Richard J. Leonard, 57, as Chief Technology Officer, reporting to Vice President and Chief Information Officer Michael Mathias. Leonard has been head of Systems Architecture and the company’s mergers & acquisitions IT services team.
Leonard joined Aetna in 1996 following the acquisition of U.S. Healthcare. During his career, he has led a number of technical teams within Aetna Information Services. Most recently, he has been responsible for the strategy and architecture used in technology solutions as well as assessing the technology and driving the technical integration of acquisition targets. Before joining Aetna, Rich held a variety of information technology positions at Verizon, then known as Bell Atlantic, including application development, teleprocessing and managing the data centers and infrastructure support organizations. He is a graduate of Temple University, with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Education.
“Rich brings strong technical expertise and a deep understanding of Aetna’s IT systems to his new role,” Mathias said. “As the head of Systems Architecture and the company’s mergers & acquisitions IT services team, he has had great exposure to how Aetna’s IT infrastructure supports the company’s strategy.”
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 35.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com. To learn more about Aetna's innovative online tools, visit www.aetnatools.com.