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Cigna's Julie Vayer Named a Female Executive of the Year in Stevie® Awards for Women in Business

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Vayer serves as chief operating officer for Cigna's Total Health & Network organization </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Awarded Bronze trophy in category for business service companies with more than 2,500 employees </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Selected from among more than 1,200 entries </li> </ul>

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cigna's Julie Vayer Named a Female Executive of the Year in Stevie® Awards for Women in Business09:47 EST Tuesday, November 13, 2012 BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (Business Wire) -- Cigna (NYSE:CI) executive Julie Vayer has won a Bronze Stevie® Award for Women in Business. The award recognized Vayer as a Female Executive of the Year in the category for business service companies with more than 2,500 employees. Vayer is the chief operating officer of Cigna's Total Health & Network organization. (Photo: Cigna Corporation) Vayer is the chief operating officer of Cigna's Total Health & Network organization, which comprises more than 5,000 employees. She is responsible for Cigna's health management and network contracting and service activities, with direct profit and loss responsibility for the company's dental, behavioral, and vielife product lines. She also leads the company's strategic initiative to enhance the experience that health care professionals have with Cigna - an initiative that affects more than one million contracted physicians, hospitals, clinics, facilities, dentists and other health care professionals. Under Vayer's leadership, Cigna's dental preferred provider organization (PPO) jumped from a sixth-place ranking to first place based on the number of participating dentists, while the increasing number of individuals with Cigna dental coverage makes it the fastest growing in the industry. The company's behavioral PPO grew 30 percent over the past three years and the company developed specialty networks to address the needs of customers with autism, eating disorders and substance abuse. A recent national survey of hospital executives ranked Cigna first for overall favorability, and also rated Cigna “best payer to deal with” for the second year in a row. “Julie is an outstanding leader with a solid record of success. She has the ability to motivate and inspire, and she excels at building relationships,” said Alan M. Muney, M.D., Cigna's chief medical officer and senior vice president for total health and network. “Julie sets a brilliant example for talented women who aim to succeed and I'm delighted that the Stevie Awards for Women in Business have recognized her many achievements.” This year marked the ninth annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. There were more than 1,200 entries in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Women Helping Women. The awards honor women executives, entrepreneurs and the companies they run worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world's premier business awards. The nickname “Stevie” is derived from the Greek word “crowned.” Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of finalists in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women. About The Stevie Awards Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com. About Cigna Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 71 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20121113006423/en/ Cigna CorporationMark Slitt, 860-226-2092mark.slitt@cigna.com