Providence Names Anna Newsom as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

by Tom Smith

Providence, one of the largest health systems in the nation, announced today it has named Anna Newsom as its new executive vice president and chief legal officer. Newsom will report to Providence’s chief executive officer and serve on the organization’s executive council.

Newsom joins Providence from The Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV), where she has worked since 2013. Most recently, she served as group general counsel for the Fortune 100 company’s Staff Counsel operations and led more than 1,000 legal professionals in over 50 domestic and international offices. She previously was vice president with the Strategic Resolution Group and second vice president with Enterprise Major Case and International Claim.

“I am inspired to join Providence and serve the health care workers who care for the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Newsom. “I plan to use my legal background to advocate for the fundamental right to health care and to champion health equity.”

Newsom specializes in creating valuable business partnerships between legal teams and the clients they serve. She is experienced in accelerating and scaling organizational transformations to ensure productivity, efficiency and engagement. She also maintains a keen focus on diversity at the leadership level to innovate decision-making, gather support for a shared vision, and create joint accountability for strategic priorities. Educated in the Jesuit tradition, she received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from Fordham University.

“We are fortunate to have Anna join Providence’s senior executive team at this important time,” said Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Providence. “Anna’s experience and education will advance Providence’s commitment to pioneering new and better ways to bring health to more people in need, especially those who are most vulnerable.”

Newsom begins her new role with Providence next month and will be based in Renton, Wash.

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