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August 2, 2018 40 Under Forty 2018

Mahesh Puthenveetil

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography

Age: 36

Company: Anthem Inc.

Title: Senior Director, Enterprise Execution

No. of years with current company: 5

Town where I live: Avon

Town where I work: Wallingford

College: University of Connecticut

Highest degree: MBA

Mahesh Puthenveetil is a senior director within the Enterprise Execution department at Anthem Inc., which is the second largest health insurer in the U.S. serving 40 million members. In his current role, Puthenveetil is leading the new product and service operations portfolios that support 30-plus enterprise transformative initiatives impacting Anthem's top-line and bottom-line growth across multiple commercial segments.

Puthenveetil leads a 23-member team that consists of directors, senior managers and managers and works with leaders from various functional areas, including health-plan presidents to successfully execute various strategic initiatives.

What's been the biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

When I joined Anthem, I was tasked with turning around a troubled enterprise transformation initiative to implement a few consumer transparency-related products. With tremendous support from multiple functional areas, I was able to deliver the initiative to meet market expectations within a short timeframe. Although this was not the largest initiative that I led, it had its own importance in my company's consumer-centric journey.

How are you involved in the community?

My community involvement is primarily through work-sponsored events, such as Relay for Life fundraising. I am volunteering as a kids' soccer coach at Avon Soccer Club. I recently took up a mentorship role at the Hartford InsurTech Hub.

What do you hope Greater Hartford will be like in 10 years?

I am hopeful that Hartford will leverage its strengths — geographical advantage of being closer to New York City and Boston, large concentration of insurance companies, etc., and continue to build supporting environments to create an ecosystem that will encourage companies to invest more in the region. I hope Hartford will be an inviting community for students, diverse populations and small businesses to thrive.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

• Coming from another country, with a modest and humble background 13 years ago, I am fortunate to have met awesome mentors, colleagues and friends in the U.S. who helped me navigate my career path to a leadership role within one of the largest companies in the U.S.

• Leading a highly motivated team of directors and senior managers tasked with driving enterprise initiatives.

• Active involvement in initiatives promoted by organizations that are committed to improving Hartford's social and economic ecosystem — Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs, InsurTech Hub.

• Commitment to volunteerism.

Fun Fact 

I learned to swim at age 35. Now I enjoy deep-sea fishing trips, kayaking and canoeing.

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