SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Kim Keck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), will receive the 2020 New England Businesswoman of the Year Award at the virtual Bryant University Women’s Summit®, themed “2020: Expand your Vision,” on Wednesday, June 10. This annual award recognizes excellence in leadership by a business or professional woman, and will be presented at the Women’s Summit Awards Ceremony at 12:15 p.m.
A respected leader in the healthcare industry, Keck has devoted her career to addressing major challenges around the delivery, cost, and patient experience of care. As President and CEO of BCBSRI, the state’s largest health insurer, Keck champions the company’s vision of “passionately leading a state of health and well-being across Rhode Island.”
"At this unusual time in our history, Kim’s vision and leadership is critical to ensuring that the highest standards of health care are met."
“We are delighted to present the 2020 New England Businesswoman of the Year award to Kim Keck, a devoted advocate for healthcare policy and women’s leadership,” says Women’s Summit® Director Kati Machtley. “At this unusual time in our history, Kim’s vision and leadership is critical to ensuring that the highest standards of health care are met.”
Keck currently holds leadership positions at a number of organizations at the state and national level. At the state level, Kim is Director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council; Rhode Island Quality Institute; Community College of Rhode Island Foundation; Rhode Island Community Food Bank; and Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
Nationally, Keck chairs the Prime Therapeutics, LLC, Board of Directors, and serves as Director of Oak Street Health and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. She is also Co-Chair of the steering committee for the Rhode Island Healthcare Cost Trends Collaborative Project and serves on the Rhode Island Foundation Long Term Health Planning Committee.
Prior to joining BCBSRI in 2016, Keck had a 28-year career at Aetna, where she built a reputation as an engaged, incisive leader, unafraid to challenge assumptions and laser-focused on results. She held a number of complex roles with Aetna, from Head of Enterprise Strategy to Head of Investor Relations, Treasury, Tax, Actuary, Controllers, and Planning.
Keck graduated with honors from Boston College with a degree in mathematics and earned a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Connecticut.
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