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WellPoint Appoints Krista A. Bowers as President of Senior Business

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) today announced the appointment of Krista A. Bowers as president of its Senior Business and Consumer Business marketing, effective immediately.

In her new role, Bowers will be responsible for leading WellPoint's Medicare business division and Consumer Business marketing.

"WellPoint is very fortunate to benefit from the unique knowledge of Medicare and marketing that Krista brings to our Senior Business," said Brian Sassi, president and chief executive officer of WellPoint's Consumer Business Unit. "Krista's intimate knowledge of our industry, all lines of the Senior business, and her proven ability to create marketing campaigns and products that connect with consumers will help WellPoint and its affiliated companies continue to offer products and services that meet the needs of the diverse and rapidly growing senior population."

Prior to returning to WellPoint earlier this year as senior vice president of marketing for the company's Consumer Businesses, Bowers was Medicare officer, Western region, for Health Net. In this role, Bowers was responsible for the company's Medicare line of business as well as national Medicare marketing. Previously, Krista was VP of Marketing for Health Net.

From 1997 to 2003 Bowers served as staff vice president, Communications, for WellPoint, where she was responsible for all sales and marketing communications planning, development and production for WellPoint's California subsidiary. During this period Bowers won numerous company honors for developing programs and initiatives that helped increase market share, and enhanced the brand by connecting with consumers.

Prior to lending her marketing expertise to the health care industry, Bowers was an account director for McCann-Erickson in Singapore, where she led the Coca-Cola account team for Singapore and Malaysia, and also delivered integrated marketing campaigns for Cathay Pacific Airways in Los Angeles.

WellPoint's Senior Business has had the privilege and responsibility of serving the health benefit needs of more than 2.7 million senior and disabled Americans every day. WellPoint is the second largest provider of Medicare Supplement Insurance in the nation and a leading provider of Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug benefits. WellPoint and its affiliated companies offer a broad portfolio of products designed to meet the needs of today's Medicare beneficiaries.

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint, Inc. is the largest health benefits company in terms of medical membership in the United States. WellPoint is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves its 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 Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as Empire Blue Cross or Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the city of Fairfax, the town of Vienna and the area east of State Route 123.), Wisconsin; and through UniCare. Additional information about WellPoint is available at

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