Newsroom | 13 August 2014

Chekesha Kidd Joins Cigna as Head of Voluntary Benefits Organization


Cigna Corporation
Jim Angstadt, 215-761-8748

PHILADELPHIA, August 13, 2014 - Cigna has named Chekesha Kidd as vice president of Cigna's voluntary benefits organization. In this role, Kidd will lead the development of Cigna's enterprise voluntary strategy and benefit offerings that meet the varying needs of employers and individuals. She will also collaborate with leaders across the company to build on Cigna's personalized voluntary benefits solutions and service.

Prior to joining Cigna, Kidd served as president of student health at Aetna, leading a product portfolio redesign and growth strategy. Kidd has also held a number of leadership positions in health care and financial services and currently serves on the board of the Metropolitan Jewish Health System.

"Voluntary products have already begun to shape the future of employer-offered benefit packages. For individuals and employers alike, voluntary benefits offer greater choice and more control over costs," said Mark Marsters, senior vice president, Group Operations. "Chekesha's experience and leadership will help us to further grow our market position for both employers and individuals, while building on our customer experience focus."

As underscored in the "Weathering Unforeseen Financial Storms" consumer survey, U.S. workers are worried about financial security when it comes to unanticipated illness or injury and prefer buying voluntary benefits offered through their employer. The growth of Cigna's voluntary product sales has been driven by a focus on the customer's desire for greater financial protection, more choice in benefit options and easy-to-use enrollment services.

Cigna's voluntary products currently include group life, accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D), disability, critical illness, accidental injury, vision, and dental benefits.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 85 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit