Cigna (NYSE:CI) has named Monica Schmude as market president for the states of Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, providing senior leadership for Cigna's growing presence in these geographies.
Schmude’s responsibilities will include ensuring that Cigna's overall market strategy, product and network offerings meet the evolving needs of Cigna's customers and clients, partnering with area health care professionals and health systems to improve health, and leading Cigna's efforts to serve the community.
“Monica brings to this new role almost three decades experience in health care, with a strong track record in building and driving growth in the market, and a dedication to bringing increased value to our customers and clients,” said Julia Huggins, vice president, U.S. markets for Cigna. "As Cigna grows in these four markets, we are adding leadership focus, and Monica is a proven leader to help us deliver on the promise of our mission to improve the health, well-being and sense of security of the people we serve.”
Schmude has held a series of progressive roles driving Cigna’s Mid-Atlantic market since joining its sales office in 2010, and was most recently the markets senior vice president of sales before advancing to market president.
Prior to joining Cigna, Schmude was with Aetna as manager of sales and business services for its middle market segment business in Chicago and formerly as the business services leader in the Mid-Atlantic. She began her career for the Guardian Insurance Company as a claims examiner.
Schmude earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology with a concentration in women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin. She serves on the boards of the Montgomery County Business Roundtable on Education (MCBRE) and Girls on the Run Northern Virginia. She is an active participant in the Menttium Program and the Million Women Mentors effort. Schmude is also a member of Marymount University’s Masters in Healthcare Management Advisory Council.