James Carlson served as Chief Executive Officer of Amerigroup Corporation, a Fortune 500 multi-state managed healthcare company, from 2007 through 2012, becoming chairman of the company's board of directors in 2008.
In December 2012, Amerigroup was acquired by WellPoint (now Anthem), the country's second largest health insurer, in a transaction valued at nearly $5 billion. Under James' leadership, Amerigroup more than doubled the number of state Medicaid programs it served while growing revenues more than four-fold. James was the founder of HealthSpring, a physician group practice management company, which was sold to MetraHealth in 1995 (subsequently to become part of United Healthcare). James also served as an Executive Vice President at UnitedHealth Group before leaving to co-found Workscape (later acquired by ADP), a software platform. James currently serves on the board of directors of PurFoods and is co-founder of Guidon Partners. He has previously served on the Boards of Omnicare, Acelity, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Morningside University, the National Kidney Foundation and the Health Sector Advisory Council for the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He was also a member of the Business Roundtable. James attended Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa, and graduated from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.