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Aetna CEO to Deliver Durland Lecture on April 5


Mark T. Bertolini, MBA ’84, will talk on the role of technology in creating a high-performing health care system


The 24th Durland Lecture—Johnson’s most prestigious speaking engagement—will be delivered on Thursday, April 5, 2012, by Mark T. Bertolini, MBA ’84, chairman, CEO, and president of Aetna, Inc. Bertolini, who has held executive positions at Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans, and SelectCare, Inc., will speak at 4:45 p.m. in the Alice Statler Auditorium on the Cornell University Campus. His talk is titled “Leading the Way, Using Technology to Create a High-Performing Health Care System.” The talk is free and open to the Cornell University community and the public.      

Bertolini was named Aetna’s chairman on April 8, 2011 and CEO on November 29, 2010. He came to Aetna in 2003 as head of Aetna’s Specialty Products. In July 2007, he was named president, responsible for all of Aetna’s businesses and operations across the company’s broad range of health care products and related services.

Outside of Aetna, Mr. Bertolini contributes his time and expertise to several corporate and civic organizations including the Business Roundtable, the Business Council, the International Federation of Health Plans, the Healthcare Leadership Council and the Partnership for New York City. In 2009, he was elected the first straight ally board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Bertolini serves on the Board of Directors of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, an organization founded by Paul Newman that serves children with cancer and other serious illnesses. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.

Prior to joining Aetna, Mr. Bertolini held executive positions at Cigna, NYLCare Health Plans, and SelectCare, Inc., where he served as president and chief executive officer. Mr. Bertolini holds an undergraduate degree in business administration/finance from Wayne State University and a MBA in finance from the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

The Durland Lecture series was initiated by Roy H. Park - late chairman of Park Communications - and a group of donors in 1983. Durland series lecturers have included Thomas W. Jones, co-chairman and CEO of Citigroup’s SSB Citi Asset Management Group, Abby Joseph Cohen, managing director of Goldman, Sachs & Company, and Lucio A. Noto, chairman and CEO of Mobil Corporation.