Dwayne Sansone, MBA, CPA
Dwayne Sansone is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in corporate and entrepreneurial environments across a variety of industries, including healthcare, technology, and financial services. Dwayne is a native of Chicago’s rough West Side and was raised by a single mother who dropped out of high school. Yet, he overcame poverty to earn an Ivy League education, work on Wall Street, lead a multi-billion division of a major insurance company, and co-found a health insurance disruptor focused on underserved communities.
Dwayne started his career in public accounting at KPMG in Chicago, focusing on audit, tax, and corporation transactions before moving into mezzanine financing at First Source Financial. After earning his MBA, Dwayne entered investment banking working for Blue Chip investment firms such as Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, Credit Suisse, and Lehman Brothers. Dwayne later joined Aetna, originally within the company’s Corporate Development division, ultimately serving as Vice President of New Business Development. At Aetna, he led key acquisitions, including Medicity, Prodigy, PayFlex, iTriage, InterGlobal and Coventry. Dwayne also structured sophisticated business relationships with Innovation Health, Aetna’s Accountable Care Organization joint venture with Inova Health System in northern Virginia, High-Tech Digital, Aetna’s Health Information Exchange in China, and strategic relationships with Allstate, IBM, and CVS Caremark.
Dwayne then transitioned into operations and served as Chief Operating Officer for Aetna’s $8 billion, 17-state Medicaid division, responsible for all day-to-day operations, network, technology, integration, and strategy departments. Within this role, Dwayne also led the start-up of new health plans in California, Nevada, and Maryland.
Dwayne earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he was a Michigan Scholar, and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Citibank Fellow. Dwayne is also a certified public accountant, was recognized as a 1999 National Black MBA Scholar, and has been a featured speaker at Health 2.0, Carlyle Health Summit, and Centura Health Future of Medicine.