Chekesha Kidd, 35 President, Aetna Student Health Aetna Inc.
Kidd drives the entire business strategy and execution around selling student health insurance benefits and services to colleges and universities across the country. She oversees everything from sales strategy, marketing, and pricing of insurance products to actuarial and underwriting and more for the entire student health division of parent company Aetna, which grossed approximately $8.5 billion in 2011. â€œItâ€™s basically like running a business within the company,â€ she remarks. Kidd was appointed to her current role about a year ago. Prior to joining Aetna, she was an investment banker with Banc of America Securities and a director at UBS Investment Bank.
Next personal goal: "I promised myself that I was going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro by the time I was 40. I did Camelback Mountain in Phoenix for the first time this summer."
Laptop: HP Elite
Favorite store: "I like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and J Crew."