40 Rising Stars 40 & Under

ChekeshaKidd

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. β€œIt’s basically like running a business within the company,” 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."


Phone: Blackberry


Laptop: HP Elite


Favorite store: "I like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and J Crew." 


Favorite beverage: Cranberry juice

Chekesha Kidd, 35

President, Aetna Student Health

Aetna Inc.

Kidd drives the entire business strategy and execution around…

  • Mary A. Kidd

    I want to say thank you to a wonderful daughter who is a great anchor in our family. Our grands, your nephews and nieces love their “AUNTIE”! You have been their for all of them! Being a great roll model has encouraged them to be more aggressive in reaching their own goals in life.
    We are all very proud of you. I hope I am there to see you climb another mountain. ;0)

    Love,
    Mom

  • Mary A. Kidd

    I also want to say what a beautiful picture! It captured you so
    beautifully!

  • Mary A. Kidd

    I also want to congratulate “Black Enterprise” on a great article and a great “Power Conference! It was wonderful! Seeing The Black Enterprise family work together was very inspiring!I hope to be there again next year!