Anthem Inc. has named Felicia Norwood executive vice president and president, government business division. She has more than 25 years of health care operations, policy and strategy experience. Most recently, Norwood served as director of Illinois’ Department of Healthcare and Family Services, leading a $22 billion agency with responsibility for serving the state’s 3.2 million Medicaid beneficiaries and 500,000 families receiving child support services. In her new role, she will be responsible for the company’s Medicaid, Medicare and Federal Government Solutions businesses. Norwood will also serve as member of the company’s executive leadership team.

She also spent nearly 20 years at Aetna, where she served in a number of leadership roles including president, mid-america region; CEO, president and chief operating officer of Aetna’s population health management subsidiary ActiveHealth Management Inc.; head of Aetna Medicaid; national head of Aetna’s small group and individual market segments and president, Aetna Government Health Plans LLC.

Norwood earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Valdosta State University in Georgia, Masters of Arts in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.

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