Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Public Affairs Officer
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John Cannon is WellPoint’s executive vice president, general counsel and chief public affairs officer, overseeing legal strategy, legal compliance, litigation, regulatory and board matters, government affairs, corporate communications and corporate security. He also supports the Board in developing and maintaining best practices in governance policies and procedures. Mr. Cannon joined WellPoint on December 10, 2007. He recently served as WellPoint’s Interim President and CEO from August 2012 through March 2013.
Prior to joining WellPoint, Mr. Cannon spent 19 years with CIGNA Corporation in a variety of increasingly responsible roles, including senior vice president and deputy general counsel. He was also responsible for public affairs at CIGNA, which included government affairs, communications and corporate branding strategy. Mr. Cannon also served as president of the CIGNA Foundation as well as chief counsel for CIGNA Healthcare and CIGNA International.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Cannon was an attorney with Rawle & Henderson in Philadelphia, where he specialized in litigation and securities law. He is a graduate of Denison University in Ohio and The Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University.
Mr. Cannon is currently a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors and the board of directors of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
In 2011, WellPoint’s Legal department was named as one of the Best Legal Departments in America by Corporate Counsel.