Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini Has an Enlightened View of Healthcare

Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, is not your typical businessman anymore. After two near tragedies, one where his son almost died, and one where he himself broke his neck in a severe skiing accident, Mr. Bertolini has learned to look beyond the bottom line for his health. Now regarded as a pioneer in business leadership and employee well-being, Mark places a new emphasis on meditation, yoga, and other forms of holistic medicine.

From we read: “What I found very quickly in both his circumstance and mine was getting our lives back, becoming engaged and productive members of society, was something that the health care system cared very little about,” Bertolini says in the sixth episode of “Pioneers,” a new video series by The Huffington Post that profiles leaders in various industries who have redefined success by making it their mission to live more meaningful and less stressful lives.

In recent months The New York Times reported that Bertolini had given his lowest paid employees a 33% raise, and offered free yoga and meditation classes company wide.

CNBC stated that the CEO is paying his employees $500 to sleep: Sleep is “really important,” he said in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. “Being present in the workplace and making better decisions has a lot to do with our business fundamentals. You can’t be prepared if you’re half-asleep,” Bertolini added, saying he has the numbers to back-up his assertion that better sleep can lead to bigger profits.

by Staff