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WellPoint Names John Martie President and CEO of its National Accounts Business

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

WellPoint Names John Martie President and CEO of its National Accounts Business14:34 EDT Tuesday, May 03, 2011INDIANAPOLIS, May 3, 2011 ? WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today named John Martie President and CEO of its National Accounts business.  Martie replaces John Langenus, who announced his retirement last week.(Photo: )In his new role, Martie is responsible for customer relationships and continued growth of the national business, which currently serves more than 12 million members. He has 26 years of industry experience and is a 14-year WellPoint veteran. He currently serves as president of the company's Colorado local group plan."John Martie is a proven leader within WellPoint. I believe his overall experience, market leadership and industry knowledge will help to drive the continued success of National Accounts," said Ken Goulet, President and CEO of WellPoint's Commercial Business unit.Prior to leading WellPoint's Colorado local group plan, Martie held increasingly- responsible leadership roles at the company's Ohio local group plan in sales and underwriting. He serves on the boards of CoverColorado, the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, and the Denver Chamber of Commerce; and is a past president of the Colorado Association of Health Plans.John Langenus retires from WellPoint after leading its National Accounts business for more than three years. "I have had the opportunity to work with John for many years. I have a great deal of admiration for him and deeply appreciate his sincerity, and his loyalty to the work that he does and to the people he works with," said Goulet. "I wish him the best in his retirement."About WellPointWellPoint works to simplify the connection between Health, Care and Value. We help to improve the health of our members and our communities, and provide greater value to our customers and shareholders. WellPoint is the nation's largest health benefits company in terms of medical membership, with 34 million members in its affiliated health plans, and a total of more than 70 million individuals served through its subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these service areas, WellPoint does business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at WellPoint, Inc.For further information: Cindy Sanders, +1-404-788-8957,