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Dartmouth's Boudreaux Recognized by Forbes Magazine

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Courtesy of Dartmouth Athletic Communications

Forbes Most Powerful Women in Business
Ivy@50: Gail Koziara Boudreaux

HANOVER, N.H, - Following last year's most powerful women in business nod, former Dartmouth women's basketball standout Gail Koziara Boudreaux ’82 has been named to Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World list, ranking 54th.

After joining UnitedHealth—the No. 1 health insurer in the U.S.— in 2008 as head of its most profitable division ($40+billion), she hit the ground running. Koziara Boudreaux immediately consolidated six national regions into four and plans to grow profits by focusing more intently on local markets. As President of UnitedHealthCare and Executive Vice President for UnitedHealth Group and, she now oversees 42,000 employees worldwide.

Koziara Boudreaux ranks ahead of many recognizable names, including Sonya Sotomayer, Supreme Court Justice, and a host of international presidents and prime ministers. Last fall, Koziara Boudreaux was named to Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list, ranking 45th among the top American businesswomen.

Earlier in her career after 20 years at AETNA, Koziara Boudreaux served as president of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois from 2002-08.

Koziara Boudreaux still holds Dartmouth's career scoring (1,933 points) and rebounding (1,635 rebounds) records from her playing days in 1978-82, during which time she helped the Big Green to three Ivy Championships and was a three-time Ivy League Player of the Year. In 2007, she was honored by the NCAA with its Silver Anniversary Award.

Dartmouth women's basketball has won 17 Ivy League Championships since 1976 and made seven trips to the NCAA Tournament, including the 2008-09 season.

- A.S.