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Blue Shield of California Names Vincent Coppola Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
Date:9/24/2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Shield of California today announced the appointment of Vincent Coppola as vice president of strategy and business development. In this position Coppola will be responsible for new business investment initiatives and strategic planning support.

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"As we look to improve our market strength and diversify our product offerings, Vincent's expertise will help us identify and capitalize on opportunities that meet the needs of the marketplace," says Bruce Bodaken, Blue Shield chairman and chief executive officer.

Prior to joining Blue Shield, Coppola served as senior vice president of corporate business development for Magellan Health Services with a focus on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He previously held executive positions in Corporate Development for CIGNA, UnitedHealth Group and J.P. Morgan.

"I am very excited to join the Blue Shield of California team," says Coppola. It's wonderful to join a company with such a great reputation and strong record of success, and I look forward to working with the management team on strategic initiatives to further accelerate the company's growth."

Coppola holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Bryant College in Rhode Island.

About Blue Shield of California

Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health plan dedicated to providing Californians with access to high quality care at a reasonable price. Founded in 1939, it now has 3.2 million members, 4,500 employees, one of the largest provider networks and more than 20 office locations, providing a wide range of commercial and government products throughout the state. The company contributes $30 million annually to the Blue Shield of California Foundation to fund nonprofit organizations that improve access to quality health care in California. Contact your local agent or broker for more information about Blue Shield products and services, or visit the Blue Shield web site at http://www.blueshieldca.com.

CONTACT: Ashley Wilkerson

Public Affairs Associate

(310) 744-2661

ashley.wilkerson@blueshieldca.com


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