As SVP of CIGNA Information Technology since June 2008, Philip Emond has been responsible for the delivery of end-to-end technology solutions in support of CIGNA’s businesses. Next month, Emond will take over for Michael Woeller, CIGNA’s U.S. operations’ EVP and CIO, who will retire.

David Cordani, president and CEO of CIGNA made the announcement, saying, “For the past three years, Mike [Woeller] has ably led CIGNA's Information Technology division. During that time, the technology organization has evolved significantly to better meet the changing needs of today’s market, the team has been strengthened, and succession has been proactively planned—part of which included adding Phil to the team in 2008. From the start, Phil has demonstrated a deep understanding of technology innovation in the healthcare industry and has shown strong leadership qualities, passion for our customers and a focus on consistently delivering results,” he says. “In naming Phil to this role, CIGNA will continue to build on the solid foundation Mike has established in partnership with Phil and the entire CIGNA technology team.”

Prior to joining CIGNA, over the course of his 30-year career, Emond held a variety of senior financial services leadership positions, most recently as EVP for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), with responsibility for CIBC’s technology, retail and investment banking operations worldwide.

“Mike came out of retirement to play a pivotal transitional role in refining and executing CIGNA's technology strategy as a global health service company,” Cordani says. “With that path clearly set, and with the team aligned to deliver, Mike will hand over the leadership reins to Phil and will return to retirement confident in the knowledge he has served the company and our customers very well. CIGNA recognizes and appreciates Mike’s contributions and we wish him a long and happy retirement.”

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