Whelan on Ron Williams, Dijuana Lewis

I’ll have more to say in my weekly newsletter Health Plan Market Trends on last week’s two big health plan management changes:

1. Aetna announced that chairman and chief executive Ron Williams, 60, (my choice for the smartest guy in managed care) was retiring from the company.  Aetna president Mark Bertolini, 54, will take over the CEO slot effective Nov. 29 and join the company’s board.  Williams will hold the title of executive chairman until April 2011, after which Bertolini will become chairman as well.

2. WellPoint fired Dijuana Lewis (my choice for the best name in managed care) without cause from her position as president and chief executive of the company’s comprehensive health solutions business unit, according to an SEC filing.  She will remain with the company through 2010 to “assist in the transition of her duties.”

Meanwhile, here’s what Forbes columnist David Whelan had to say about Williams (click here) and Lewis (click here).

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