Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 – 2017

Meg McCarthy/Aetna

Meg McCarthy is executive vice president of operations and technology at Aetna, responsible for the company’s information technology, service operations and global security. She is also a member of Aetna’s executive leadership team, the company’s senior governing body.

Meg holds a bachelor’s from Providence College and a master’s in public health, hospital administration, from Yale University. She has served in the U.S. Navy Medical Services Corps, and as a lieutenant at Bethesda Naval Hospital and a lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy Reserve. Prior to joining Aetna in 2003, Meg was senior vice president of information technology at CIGNA Healthcare and served as chief information officer at Catholic Health Initiatives and Franciscan Health System.

A third-generation Irish American, Meg is a proud member of the Order of Ancient Hibernians. She has traced her paternal family to County Kerry, and calls her Irish heritage a source of “strong spirit, personal warmth, and perseverance,” traits that have helped her ascend to where she is today.