Cigna Corp. on Thursday announced changes to leadership at Cigna and Evernorth, the company's health services portfolio brand, starting Jan. 1.
Under the changes, Cigna CFO Eric Palmer will become the president and COO of Evernorth, and Cigna's President of Government Business Brian Evanko will become executive vice president and CFO of Cigna. Other changes involve Matt Manders taking on oversight of Cigna's government business; Aparna Abburi becoming president of Medicare for Cigna; and Amy Bricker being named president of Express Scripts for Cigna, according to a news release.
David Cordani, Cigna president and CEO, said the leaders being promoted all "have a track record of driving growth and a relentless focus on supporting the diverse needs of all those we serve around the world."
"The depth and breadth of our leadership talent are a key strength of our organization," Cordani said in a prepared statement. "I am pleased that our long-standing commitment to talent development allows us to strategically place our seasoned team of leaders in key positions that will maximize value-creation and value-generation for our customers, clients and shareholders."
As president and COO of Evernorth, Palmer will oversee Evernorth's pharmacy services, care management services and benefit management services and report to Evernorth CEO Tim Wentworth. He has been with Cigna since 1998 and has held a number of finance and actuarial leadership roles.
In his new role, Evanko will be responsible for Cigna's financial operations, investment management and underwriting and will still report to Cordani. Evanko also joined Cigna in 1998 and previously has served as business financial officer for Cigna's global individual operations.
Manders, who currently oversees Cigna Solutions, will now be in charge of Cigna's U.S. government business segment, including all Medicare, Individual and Medicaid products. He has been with Cigna for more than 30 years and has serviced in commercial and strategic leadership, including as president of government and individual programs.
In his new position, Neville, a trained pharmacist, will join Cigna's enterprise leadership team and will report to Cordani. He joined Cigna in 1998 and has been a leader in supply chain and the health plan division, most recently as senior vice president of value creation.
Abburi will add the oversight of Cigna Supplemental Benefits and Government Pharmacy to her responsibility for Cigna's Medicare Advantage business. She joined the company in July from Health Care Services Corp.
Bricker, a trained pharmacist, will now not only lead the company's supply chain and drug procurement but also will be in charge of all of Evernorth's pharmacy benefit management services. In her past 10 years with Cigna, she has held leadership roles in pharmacy network management, supply chain economics and retail contracting and strategy.
Through its companies and affiliates, Cigna offers medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits and other products and has sales capability in more than 30 countries and jurisdictions.