Health and Science

Former Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini reportedly said he is getting forced off CVS board

Key Points
  • Former Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said he is being forced off the board of CVS Health, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
  • Bertolini has served on the CVS board since November 2018, when CVS purchased Aetna for $69 billion.
  • Bertolini said he is willing to remain on the board and that the integration between CVS and Aetna "is far from over," according to the Journal.
Mark Bertolini speaking at the CNBC Evolve New York event on June 19. 2019.
Astrid Stawiarz | CNBC

Former Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said he is being forced off the board of CVS Health, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Bertolini has served on the CVS board since November 2018, when CVS purchased Aetna for $69 billion. CVS said in a statement Monday that he would not stand for reelection after the company's annual meeting and that it was reducing the size of the board from 16 to 13.

Bertolini said he was willing to remain on the board and that the integration between CVS and Aetna "is far from over," according to the Journal.

CVS had a different take on the matter: "With the bulk of the integration behind us and the Aetna business performing strongly, the board felt it was the right time for Mark to focus on his other endeavors," said T.J. Crawford, vice president of external Affairs for CVS Health, in a statement to CNBC.

CVS Chairman David Dorman thanked Bertolini "for his contribution to the successful integration of Aetna" in the statement announcing the changes. Richard Swift and Richard Bracken will also depart the board after the company's annual meeting.

CVS saw a third-quarter boost from its Aetna business. Activist investor Starboard Value also took a small stake in the company in November 2019. CVS will report fourth-quarter earnings next week.

Read more about the CVS board changes in the Wall Street Journal's report.