Steve Nelson is chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare, a $160 billion division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) – No. 6 on the Fortune 500 list. UnitedHealthcare serves one in eight Americans, making it the single largest business dedicated to health and well-being in the United States. In September 2017, he was named to the Office of the Chief Executive for UnitedHealth Group.
Previously Steve served as chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare & Retirement business, a $65 billion division of UnitedHealthcare and the nation’s largest organization dedicated to seniors and Medicare beneficiaries. Other past roles included leading UnitedHealthcare’s Community & State business, an organization that delivers Medicaid solutions to 25 state governments and more than 5 million individuals, and leadership of the West Region of UnitedHealthcare’s Employer & Individual business. Before coming to UnitedHealthcare, Steve was president of the Eastern Region and Senior Products Division at HealthNet (NYSE: HNT) and served for 10 years in executive roles at the Henry Ford Health System.
Steve and his family are active in their community and the outdoors. Steve, himself, is an avid triathlete and five-time Ironman finisher, including the Ironman World Championship. Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Portland State University and holds master’s degrees in Business Administration and Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, where he serves as an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health.