Gail Koziara Boudreaux

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Gail Koziara Boudreaux
Alma materDartmouth College, 1982 B.A.
Columbia Business School, M.B.A.
OccupationPresident and CEO of Anthem Inc.
Spouse(s)Terry Boudreaux[1]
Children2 sons[2]

Gail Koziara Boudreaux (born 1960) is an American businesswoman and athlete. In college, she 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 such as Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (2002) and UnitedHealth Group (2008). In 2009 she was listed at #54 on the Forbes list of "The 100 Most Powerful Women".[3] From 2008 to 2014 she was on the Fortune list of powerful women, peaking at #25.[4] In Fall 2014, she stepped down from the CEO position of UnitedHealthcare (the largest business division of UHG), then forming her own healthcare consulting company GKB Global Health, LLC. In November 2017, she became CEO of Anthem Inc., now the second largest American company with a woman as CEO.

High school[edit]

Gail attended Chicopee Comprehensive High School in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Her team twice won the state championship. 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 and was named a Parade All American her senior year. The 6'2" senior center also held the Massachusetts girls' state shot-put record with a throw of 44 feet, six inches.[5]


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. Koziara was honored by the NCAA as a Silver Anniversary Award winner and inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and Dartmouth's Wearers of the Green Hall of Fame. 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. That same year she earned All American recognition in the shot put.[6]

She graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1982. She attended business school at Columbia University and graduated with high honors in 1989.

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,[7] the biggest US insurer, serving 45 million customers with revenue of $120 billion.[8]

Boudreaux was honored from 2008 to 2014 as one of Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business. Additionally, she was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in The World list and was recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of the top 25 industry leaders and included on Today's Chicago Woman list of 100 Women of Influence. Boudreaux was also named by Modern Healthcare as one of the Most Powerful People in Healthcare.

In 2015, months after stepping down from her post of CEO for UnitedHeathcare, Gail founded and became CEO of GKB Global Health, LLC, a healthcare strategy and business advisory firm.[9]

On November 6, 2017, Boudreaux was named CEO of Anthem.[10]


In 2018, she was awarded the Billie Jean King Contribution Award[11] .



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  2. ^ "Gail Koziara Boudreaux '82". Dartmouth College. December 10, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Archived from the original on June 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Reingold, Jennifer (November 13, 2014). "UnitedHealth Group's Gail Boudreaux: "I'm definitely not retiring"". Fortune.
  5. ^ Sports Illustrated: Faces In the Crowd 1978
  6. ^ Sports Illustrated: Faces In the Crowd 1982
  7. ^ "Board of Trustees". Trustees of Dartmouth College. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  8. ^ "Gail Koziara Boudreaux, Dartmouth". THE IVY LEAGUE. March 6, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Eichelberger, Curtis. "Gail Koziara Boudreaux: From the basketball court to the boardroom". Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Anthem names industry veteran Gail Boudreaux as new CEO". CNBC. November 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "2018 Billie Jean King Leadership Award: Gail K. Boudreaux". Women's Sports Foundation. Retrieved 2019-05-08.