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WellPoint, Inc., has elected Joseph Swedish as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective March 25, 2013. Mr. Swedish, 61, who most recently served as president and chief executive officer for Trinity Health Corporation, succeeds interim chief executive officer John Cannon. Mr. Cannon will remain with WellPoint, and in addition to his role as executive vice president of legal and public affairs, he will help guide the transition. 

“Joe embodies the leadership and visionary qualities we value in our chief executive, and the board is confident that under his leadership we will achieve our full potential for future growth and success,” said Jackie M. Ward, chair of the WellPoint Board of Directors. “He brings to WellPoint an extensive track record leading large, complex health care organizations through diverse challenges in difficult market and regulatory environments, and his experience will be invaluable to WellPoint as we continue to find innovative ways to collaborate with providers in an effort to improve quality outcomes and reduce the cost of care. Joe’s background, in concert with our management’s insurance market expertise, creates a team uniquely qualified to manage all facets of our evolving health care system.

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