Gail Koziara Boudreaux

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Gail Koziara Boudreaux
Born Gail Koziara Boudreaux
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Columbia Business School

Gail Koziara Boudreaux was a standout player for the Dartmouth Big Green Women's basketball team from 1978 through 1982. She later served as an executive for a number of companies. She stepped down in fall 2014 after serving as the CEO of UnitedHealthcare for several years. UHC is the largest business division of UnitedHealth Group.

High school[edit]

Gail attended Chicopee Comprehensive High School in Chicopee, Massachusetts. At 17, she averaged 23.4 points and 20 rebounds a game for the Chicopee Comprehensive girls' basketball team. She ultimately scored a school-record 1,719 career points. The 6'2" senior center also held the Massachusetts girls' state shot-put record with a throw of 44 feet, six inches.[1]


Koziara led the Big Green women's basketball in scoring for three consecutive years, and still holds a significant number of school records. She became Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, with 1,933 points and 1,635 rebounds in 89 games. She also was named Ivy League Player of the Year three straight seasons, and became a two-time Academic All-American and third team All-American as well. She led the Big Green to the first of their many Ivy League championships. She also won four straight Ivy League women's shot put titles, with a throw of 46 feet, four inches her senior year.[2]

She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1982. She attended graduate school at Columbia University.

Professional career[edit]

She spent 20 years at AETNA, then in 2002 was named president of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois. She became the Executive Vice President for External Operations Health Care Service Corporation, which encompasses Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois.

In May 2008 she became Executive Vice President of UnitedHealthcare at UnitedHealth Group. From January 2011 to November 2014 she served as the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare,[3] the biggest US insurer, serving 45 million customers with revenue of $120 billion.[4]

In 2015, months after stepping down from her post of CEO for UnitedHeathcare, Gail founded and became CEO of GKB Golbal Health, LLC, a healthcare strategy and business advisory firm.[5]



Forbes ranked her as the 54th most powerful woman in 2009.[6]


  1. ^ Sports Illustrated: Faces In the Crowd 1978
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated: Faces In the Crowd 1982
  3. ^ "Board of Trustees". Trustees of Dartmouth College. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Gail Koziara Boudreaux, Dartmouth". THE IVY LEAGUE. March 6, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ Eichelberger, Curtis. "Gail Koziara Boudreaux: From the basketball court to the boardroom". Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women".