HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aetna (NYSE:AET) announced that Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr., has been named executive vice president and general counsel, effective April 25. Sabatino also will join Aetna’s Executive Committee, the company’s senior-most leadership team.
Sabatino joins Aetna from Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., where he served most recently as senior executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel. He has also held leadership positions at Walgreen Co., United Airlines, Schering-Plough Corporation, and Baxter International Inc.
“Tom’s experience, which includes executive roles with other premier brands in the health care space, makes him an excellent fit for this leadership role,” said Mark T. Bertolini, Chairman and CEO of Aetna. “I am pleased to have him join our executive team as we develop a more consumer-centric approach to health care.”
Sabatino succeeds William J. Casazza, who will continue to serve as a strategic advisor to Aetna in connection with the company’s pending acquisition of Humana. Casazza will retire upon the close of the transaction. Casazza has served Aetna for 24 years, and he has been executive vice president and general counsel since 2005. He has helped to drive the company toward its mission of building a healthier world through his business-driven legal advice and deep commitment to compliance and ethics. As a result of Casazza’s leadership, Aetna also has received national recognition for its support of Pro Bono legal services.
“I’m very grateful to Bill for his many significant contributions to Aetna’s success, which include some of the most strategic acquisitions in our company’s history,” said Bertolini. “I appreciate his continued counsel as we work to close the Humana transaction, after which I wish him the very best in his long-planned retirement.”
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46.5 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, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com and learn about how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world. @AetnaNews