Angela Braly is president and chief executive officer for WellPoint Inc. and a member of the company's board of directors. She assumed those responsibilities June 1 2007 following several high-profile roles for the company.
Prior to her current position Ms. Braly served as executive vice president general counsel and chief public affairs officer for WellPoint. In that role she was responsible for public policy development government relations legal affairs corporate communications marketing and social responsibility initiatives. She also had operational responsibility for the nation's largest Medicare claims processing business and the federal employee health benefits business. Ms. Braly was also a key strategist during WellPoint's acquisition of New-York based WellChoice in 2005.
In January 1999 Ms. Braly joined the company as general counsel for RightCHOICE (currently Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri). She also oversaw the Missouri plan's government relations efforts. During that time she managed the legal strategy resulting in the creation of The Missouri Foundation for Health which serves the health care needs of underinsured and uninsured people in Missouri. She later became president and CEO of the Missouri plan managing all aspects of the business and setting strategies to meet customer needs.
Prior to that Ms. Braly was a partner in the St. Louis law firm of Lewis Rice & Fingersh L.C.
Ms. Braly received her juris doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University. She was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Business for 2000" and was named one of Modern Healthcare's "Top 25 Women in Healthcare" in 2007.
She is active in several philanthropic organizations.