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Caroline "Caz" Matthews

President, Wellpoint Foundation (Retired)


Caz Matthews spent 22 years with the Indianapolis based WellPoint, Inc. and its predecessor companies and retired as the President of the WellPoint Foundation.  Previously, Caz served as the President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and before that as President of the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in Colorado and Nevada for eight years. Caz spent her early career years with Price Waterhouse and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) in Washington D.C.

Caz completed her undergraduate degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Sheffield University, Yorkshire, England in 1982, earning the University Award for Accounting, and received her M.B.A from Indiana University in 1992.

Caz’ other affiliations include serving on the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of Qwest Communications, and the Board of Directors of Perot Systems. Caz has served on the Mile High United Way Board of Trustees, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Colorado Association of Health Plans, the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center School of Business, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the Philanthropy Committee for The Colorado Health Foundation, and as a member of the Governor’s 2010/2011 Health Care Transition Committee.  She serves on and chairs the Board and Executive Committee for Denver Health and Hospital Authority, serves on the Denver Health Medical Plan board, and serves on the Colorado Hospital Association Board.  She also is an active member of the Colorado Forum.

Caz has received several business and community awards, including the “Outstanding Businesswoman Award” in 2002 from the Denver Business Journal, the “Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award for Philanthropy” in 2004 from Mile High United Way, and the “CEO of the Year Award” in 2004 from the Denver Business Journal.  In 2006, she was selected as a “Business Diva of the Year” by Atlanta’s BIZ magazine. Profiles in Diversity Journal named Caz to its list of “Women Worth Watching In 2009”.  Caz was awarded the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce “Athena Award” for excellence, business leadership and community service in 2009 and in 2011, she received the “Maverick Thinkers Award” for pioneering leadership from Urban Peak and was named one of the Top 25 Women in Leadership by the Colorado Women's Chamber in 2013.