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Anthony Welters, Executive Vice President, United Health Group

October 25, 2012

Anthony Welters
Anthony Welters has demonstrated that focused vision, innovation and strong leadership can lead to success even in the complex and challenging field of health care.

Mr. Welters is Executive Vice President of UnitedHealth Group, which serves more than 70 million Americans through its health and well-being companies. In January 2011, Mr. Welters was appointed a Member of the Office of the CEO. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Welters held the position of President of UnitedHealth Group’s Public and Senior Markets Group, which includes the UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement (formerly Ovations) and Community and State (formerly AmeriChoice) business units. UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement is the largest company in the United States dedicated to meeting the health and well-being needs of people age 50 and older, providing chronic disease management services, health insurance, Medicare-managed care and related services, access to prescription and nonprescription medications, and other healthy living products. United Healthcare Community and State is the country’s leading providers of services to beneficiaries of government-sponsored health care programs, and was founded by Mr. Welters in 1989.

Mr. Welters’ business acumen and health care expertise, as well as his commitment to educational, cultural and community service, are widely recognized. He is a member of the boards of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., and C.R. Bard, Inc. He is also Chairman of the Boards of the Morehouse School of Medicine and of New York University School of Law, as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of New York University and a Trustee of NYU Langone Medical Center. He joined the Council of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Mr. Welters is a recipient of a Horatio Alger Award, awarded to those who have overcome humble beginnings and adversity to achieve success and contribute to society, and serves on the board of that charitable organization as well. Mr. Welters was also recently selected to join the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies in the country.

Mr. Welters was born and raised in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant. He earned a BA in economics from Manhattanville College and a JD from New York University School of Law, and honed his management skills in a series of progressively responsible government positions before entering the private sector. Mr. Welters is a member of the Bars of New York and the District of Columbia.

Throughout his life Mr. Welters has demonstrated a strong commitment to youth and have given countless children and young adults a path towards a brighter future. With his wife, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Beatrice Welters, they formed the An-Bryce Foundation to enhance the social and educational development of disadvantaged children. Among its other activities, the foundation operates a tuition-free summer camp with more than 100 children each summer, offers after-school learning programs to students in the Washington, DC, area, and provides full tuition scholarships and a mentoring program to more than 30 students at the New York University Law School through the An-Bryce Scholars program.

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