Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series featuring Ron Williams

Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series featuring Ron Williams


The Miami Business School's Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series brings students, alumni and other members of the UM community together with top business leaders throughout the year.

Title: Good Governance in Today’s Boardroom


Ron Williams

Former CEO, Aetna
Lead Director, American Express

Ronald A. Williams is Chairman and CEO of RW2 Enterprises, LLC and is the former Chairman and CEO of health insurance giant Aetna Inc.

Mr. Williams now focuses his energy on private equity, values-based leadership and transformational change, and health care value creation.

Through his firm, RW2 Enterprises, Mr. Williams counsels C-Suite corporate executives on strategy and transformational leadership. He is Operating Advisor to private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice and serves as Chairman of portfolio companies agilon health and naviHealth. He is a Director of American Express, The Boeing Company and Johnson & Johnson.

Mr. Williams became president and joined Aetna’s Board in 2002 (Aetna had a full year 2001 continuing operations loss of - $0.46 per share for a $292 million loss). In 2006, he became chairman and CEO. Under his leadership, Aetna was named FORTUNE's most admired company in the Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care category for three consecutive years. In 2011, the year he retired, Aetna had full-year operating earnings of $5.17 per share. The Market capitalization grew from $4.7 billion in 2001 to $15.3 billion in 2011 and the company ranked 77th on the Fortune 100 list.

Mr. Williams is a member of the MIT Corporation, vice chairman of The Conference Board, and a member of the President’s Circle of the National Academies. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He served on President Obama’s President’s Management Advisory Board from 2011 to 2017.

He is a graduate of Roosevelt University and holds an M.S. in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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