NASHVILLE (December 10, 2012) - HealthSpring founder and Cigna (NYSE:CI) executive Herb Fritch has been honored as the Most Admired CEO by the Nashville Business Journal's inaugural Most Admired CEOs Awards.
The peer-selected awards, which received over 400 nominations, recognized Fritch as the Most Admired
CEO in the public company category.
Fritch, a veteran health care executive and innovative pioneer of quality-based health care, founded HealthSpring in 2000 and successfully led it to be one of the country's largest and fastest growing health service companies serving the health care needs of U.S. seniors.
Under Fritch's leadership, HealthSpring
has been recognized among Fortune 500 companies and earlier this year, completed its acquisition by Cigna
for $3.8 billion.
has made significant contributions to communities and economies in which it serves, including thousands of jobs locally and throughout the country.
Fritch continues to lead HealthSpring in a strategic expansion to serve the health needs of the growing U.S. seniors market.
"I'm truly honored to be recognized with this award from my peers and local business leaders.
It's a great testament to Nashville's thriving and influential business community to have such a company of leaders and I'm honored to be among them," said HealthSpring President Herb Fritch.
The inaugural event honored 27finalists in seven categories, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award.
received recognition at the awards dinner held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center