ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–David Queller, a long-time Aetna (NYSE: AET) executive with nearly two decades of health insurance industry experience, has been named head of the company’s Southeast Region, responsible for managing business operations in the District of Columbia and the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. He will begin his new duties Jan. 3, 2011.
Queller replaces Michael Guyette, who recently was promoted to head of Aetna’s National Accounts business. He will continue to be based in Alpharetta, Ga.
Queller will have managerial responsibility for sales, marketing, network development and medical economics operations, and will lead local market efforts to control medical costs, improve quality and strengthen customer and broker relationships.
“Dave has been an excellent leader in Aetna’s National Accounts organization, building strong relationships with a diverse group of clients,” said Jeff D. Emerson, Aetna’s head of health care management and regions. “As head of the Southeast Region, Dave will build on the good work that has been done to strengthen Aetna’s local market presence and establish a more responsive organization.”
Queller currently serves as head of Aetna’s Northeast and Southeast Region National Accounts organization. National Accounts teams under his leadership are jointly responsible for more than 6 million medical members, nearly 5 million dental members, 2 million pharmacy members and more than 200 client engagements throughout the 22 states that make up the regions.
Before assuming expanded responsibilities for the East Region, Queller led the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic National Accounts teams for five years. Previously, he was vice president of sales and service for the North Texas market, based in Dallas.
He has held previous leadership roles with Aetna Global Benefits, ChannelPoint, Prudential HealthCare, and CIGNA HealthCare. Queller graduated from Central Michigan University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with majors in finance and political science.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 35.4 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional 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.
Walt Cherniak, 410-691-1405