Rick Jelinek, Former Optum CEO, Takes Senior Role With Aetna
Rick Jelinek, a 19-year veteran of UnitedHealth Group who was once CEO of the company’s healthcare delivery services division, OptumHealth, is making a high-profile move to Hartford, Connecticut-based health care provider Aetna.
Jelinek will assume the role of executive vice president in charge of Aetna’s enterprise strategy and will also lead integration of Aetna with Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana Inc.
In July, Aetna revealed plans to purchase Humana for $37.7 billion in effort to “enable the company to better compete with more cost-effective products.” Aetna is moving to increase customer access by expanding company locales. With Aetna’s 46.7 million customer base, Jelinek said in a statement that he is “pleased to join Aetna” and help the company as it prepares to “nearly double in size.”
Jelinek is a California native who currently lives in Minnesota and was an operating partner at Advent International, a Boston-based private equity firm. During his 19-year tenure with UnitedHealth Group, he was named CEO of several divisions, including the company’s Medicare Advantage business, Secure Horizons, its Medicaid and children’s health insurance subsidiary, AmeriChoice, and its Emergency Businesses Group. In March 2012, Jelinek took over as CEO of OptumHealth.
Jelinek was also a member of the board of directors for the Minnesota Children’s Museum. He was one of 60 other donors that gave contribution toward the museum’s expansion and renovation that begins construction this October.