David Cordani ’88
David Cordani ’88 credits Texas A&M University – particularly the Mays Business School – with preparing him to lead Cigna’s 37,000 employees and operations in 30 countries. His double major in accounting and finance and his background as an Aggie helped to form who he is today, he told a crowd of students, faculty and community members.
He said entering Ray Auditorium conjured memories of anxiety during his college days because the big tests were administered in rooms like this! Now he speaks with ease to groups of all sizes, all around the world – including with President Barack Obama and other leading CEOs about health care issues.
Cordani said a love of learning, not a master plan, has propelled his career. “I was fortunate in that I left here with a great foundation of skills and experiences and most importantly a lot of what I would call the ‘X Factor of Texas A&M’ – the values, the beliefs and what is the underpinning in terms of the loyalty, the sense of service, the sense of respect.” Early in his career, he became interested in two industries: financial service and health care. “I was bitten by health care because health care was an opportunity to touch and change people’s lives in a very intimate way. I’ve been on a journey for what’s going to be approaching 30 years and I am still learning each and every day.”
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