2015 Commencement Speaker
Karen S. Rohan
President, Aetna, Inc.
Karen S. Rohan is president of Aetna, Inc., one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46 million people. As president, a position she began in January 2015, Ms. Rohan is responsible for implementing Aetna’s strategies among the company’s core institutional businesses. Ms. Rohan joined Aetna in 2012. Prior to her appointment as president, Ms. Rohan served in various capacities including Executive Vice President of Aetna’s Local and Regional Businesses in which she successfully led Aetna’s integration efforts for the 2013 acquisition of Coventry Health Care. She was also Executive Vice President and Head of Specialty Projects for Aetna.
Ms. Rohan has three decades of experience in the health care industry. Prior to joining Aetna, Rohan served as president of Magellan Health Services, and as president of the Group Disability, Dental and Vision Care businesses at CIGNA, a role that was the culmination of a career with CIGNA that included a number of positions. Rohan began her career with Ernst & Young as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
In 2011, Rohan co-chaired the Health Care and Pharmaceutical Task Force for the Wall Street Journal Women in the Economy Conference. In 2012, she was named “Most Influential in Specialty Health” by the National Association for the Specialty Health Organizations, and was included on the Business Insurance “Women to Watch” list. In 2013, Rohan was named a finalist for the Female Executive of the Year in the American Business Awards “the Stevies” Competition.
Ms. Rohan serves on the board of trustees for The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, Conn.; the advisory board of the NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, a nonprofit organization that provides independence to people through canine assistance; and the advisory board for the Boston offices of Ernst & Young. She is a member of the Boston College Women’s Council and served two consecutive years as Honorary Chair of the Komen CT Race for the Cure in Hartford.
Ms. Rohan graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Accounting in 1984, and earned an MBA from Boston University in 1999.