Beth Kasai, ’84, is challenged every day in her role with UnitedHealthcare (UHC). And she wouldn’t have it any other way.
As the chief financial officer for the Carolinas and Georgia markets, she is responsible for the financial management of field offices in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. On any given day, she works with sales leaders, underwriting staff, and actuarial teams from across the market to develop strategies for balancing the company’s growth and profitability.
Kasai shines when it comes to digesting information from financial reports and using that data to make strategic decisions for the company. In fact, in 2014, the Triad Business Journal recognized her as a Top Financial Executive and also presented her with the Women in Business Award.
With a career spanning more than two decades with UHC, the accolades embody Kasai’s many accomplishments. She began her career by putting her mathematics degree to use as an actuary (she uses her other degree in music to unwind after work by playing piano). She rose through the ranks at UHC, learning the ins and outs of the business from bottom to top.
“I am fortunate to work with very intelligent and forward-thinking people who challenge and motivate me,” said Kasai. “It is rewarding to collaborate with visionary and strategic leaders and contribute to the success of our company.”
She credits her Meredith education for preparing her for success in her field. “While at Meredith, I learned problem solving skills as well as tenacity,” she said.
These strengths, along with her attention to detail, have proven to be an asset to her work. “I depend on my attentiveness to details in order to analyze the vast amount of data and reporting available in the health care industry, as well as my strategic thinking to understand the changing health care marketplace,” she said.
Although she’s achieved much in her career, Kasai continues to develop professionally and to serve as an example as a strong leader. “My goal is to continue learning and growing within UnitedHealthcare and to be a key contributor as we move forward through regulatory challenges.”