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

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

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

Business Wire

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. -- November 13, 2012

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 C ...

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.

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Contact:

Cigna Corporation
Mark Slitt, 860-226-2092
mark.slitt@cigna.com
 
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