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Charles Klippel

VP and Deputy General
Counsel, Aetna
Charles Klippel

Charles Klippel

VP and Deputy General
Counsel, Aetna

Biography

Charles H. Klippel, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Health, joined Aetna’s Law Department in 1981. After a brief assignment as an investment attorney, he became the department’s first full-time health lawyer. In that capacity, he supported Aetna’s entry into the HMO market in 1982, the formation of the company’s first PPOs a few years later and the development in 1986 of PARTNERS National Health Plans, the company’s joint venture with Voluntary Hospitals of America. In 1988, Mr. Klippel joined the international law group within the Law Department, supporting the company’s life insurance operations in Europe, Canada and Australia, as well as its entry into Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong and other Asia markets. During this period, he also served as Chief Counsel for Aetna’s global investment management network based in London and Hong Kong. Mr. Klippel returned to health law in 1992, supporting various business activities including network contracting, specialty products, new product development, and mergers and acquisitions. He served as lead counsel to Aetna’s physician practice management business, as well as its early e-health initiatives. Following the acquisition of U.S. Healthcare in 1996, Mr. Klippel was appointed General Counsel of Aetna’s International Division, where he also served as Chief Compliance Officer. In that capacity, he supported the development and operation of the company’s life, health, pension and investment activities around the world. He served as a director of a number of the company’s international businesses, and was the Chairman and Executive Manager of Aetna’s health operations in New Zealand. In 2000, Mr. Klippel assumed his current role managing legal support for the company’s health operations. Mr. Klippel is Adjunct Professor of Health Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health and President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Northern Connecticut.

 

 

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