Karen S. Lynch
Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, Aetna Business Unit
Karen S. Lynch is Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President of the Aetna Business Unit. She is responsible for driving the CVS Health strategy to deliver consumer-focused, high-value health care to the millions of people Aetna serves. In March 2020, she assumed leadership of CVS Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, working across the company to support the health and safety of colleagues and increase access to care for customers and members.
Ms. Lynch has nearly three decades of experience in the health care industry. Prior to joining CVS Health, she held executive positions at Cigna and Magellan Health Services, where she served as president. Ms. Lynch began her career with Ernst & Young as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
In 2019, Ms. Lynch was named to Business Insider’s Top 100 People Transforming Business, highlighting the significant role she plays in the transformation happening throughout the health care industry. For the last four years (2016 to 2019), she was named to Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. She was also recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2019 and as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare in 2017 and 2019.
She has also been recognized for her leadership by numerous organizations and publications, including the National Association for Specialty Health Organizations, Business Insurance, the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and Insurance Networking News. She also co-chaired the Health Care and Pharmaceutical Task Force for the Wall Street Journal Women in the Economy Conference.
Ms. Lynch serves on the board of U.S. Bancorp as Chair of their Audit Committee. She is a trustee of The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, an advisory board member of IBM Watson Health and a member of the Global 50 and the Boston College Women’s Council. Her professional associations include serving as a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council, East Coast CEO Alliance and the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (LAN) Leadership CEO Group. She is also an advisory board member of NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, a nonprofit organization that provides independence to people through canine assistance.
Ms. Lynch is a graduate of Boston College and The Questrom School of Business at Boston University. In 2015, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts.