Aetna's Lead Director Edward J. Ludwig Named to 2012 NACD Directorship 100

  Aetna's Lead Director Edward J. Ludwig Named to 2012 NACD Directorship 100

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- November 13, 2012

Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced that Edward J. Ludwig, the independent lead
director of Aetna’s Board of Directors and chair of its Investment and Finance
Committee, has been named to the 2012 National Association of Corporate
Directors (NACD) Directorship 100 in recognition of his exemplary leadership
in the boardroom and promoting the highest standards of corporate governance.
The NACD Directorship 100 recognizes the most influential leaders in the
boardroom and corporate governance community.

“Ed has exhibited his commitment to the highest principles of board leadership
in the nine years he has served on our Board,” said Aetna Chairman, CEO and
President Mark T. Bertolini. “He has earned this prestigious honor from the
NACD, and we thank him for his dedication and hard work on behalf of Aetna’s
shareholders.”

“The NACD Directorship 100 honorees represent the most influential leaders who
set the right tone in the boardroom, enabling sustainable growth and
innovation around the globe,” said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD. “These
stewards of exemplary board leadership serve as role models for others, and it
is important for NACD to recognize their contributions in the boardroom and to
corporate governance.”

Ludwig is a formerchairman, CEO and president of Becton, Dickinson and
Company (BD). He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of the
Holy Cross andchairs the Advisory Boardof the Hackensack (N.J.) University
Medical Center. He also servesasa director of Xylem, Inc. and Project Hope.

The 2012 NACD honorees will be recognized during a gala dinner at the sixth
annual NACD Directorship 100 Forum on Nov. 27 in New York City.

About NACD

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership
organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board
leadership.Based on 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets and
provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to
make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business
challenges and enhance shareowner value. With more than 13,000 corporate
director members, NACD provides world-class director education, director
training and proprietary research about leading boardroom and corporate
governance practices to promote director professionalism and bolster investor
confidence. Furthermore, to create more effective and efficient corporate
boards, NACD provides independent board evaluations and custom-tailored
in-boardroom education and training programs, as well as director-led
conferences, forums and peer-exchange learning opportunities to share ideas
about current and emerging issues. Fostering collaboration among directors and
governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To
learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org. To join, please contact Kelly
Dodd at kkdodd@NACDonline.org or 202-380-1891.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information and
resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care.
Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed
health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy,
dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical
management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health
information technology services. Our customers include employer groups,
individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans,
health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor
groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.

Contact:

Aetna
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