WellPoint Names Patrick Blair Chief Marketing Officer
INDIANAPOLIS -- January 15, 2013
WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that Patrick Blair has been named
senior vice president and chief marketing officer. In this role, Blair will be
responsible for leading all marketing initiatives and partnering with
WellPoint’s leadership team to drive profitable growth across all WellPoint’s
business segments including Commercial, Medicare, Medicaid and Specialty.
Blair is an industry veteran who has more than 15 years experience and a
proven track record of success in corporate strategy, sales, marketing and
product development. He most recently served as chief marketing and
development officer for Amerigroup Corporation, which was recently acquired by
WellPoint, where he was responsible for identifying, evaluating and directing
the company’s growth investments as well as formulating and implementing
strategic business development initiatives. He has held several senior
leadership positions at Amerigroup and has extensive management consulting
experience with the nation’s top health insurers and provider organizations in
the areas of business unit strategy, growth strategy, product development,
process improvement and post-merger integration.
“Patrick’s leadership and experience in both government and employer-sponsored
health care will be a great asset to our company and will help position us for
continued success in the changing health care marketplace, especially as we
engage more directly with consumers,” said Ken Goulet, executive vice
president of Commercial and Individual business for WellPoint.
Blair received his bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in
health administration from Indiana University. He also holds a master’s degree
in business administration from Henley Business School at the University of
Reading in Oxfordshire, England.
About WellPoint, Inc.
At WellPoint, we believe there is an important connection between our members’
health and well-being—and the value we bring our customers and shareholders.
So each day we work to improve the health of our members and their
communities. And, we can make a real difference since we have approximately 36
million people in our affiliated health plans, and approximately 66 million
people served through our subsidiaries. As an independent licensee of the Blue
Cross and Blue Shield Association, WellPoint serves 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 the
Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and
surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee
in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern
Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In a majority of these
service areas, WellPoint’s plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue
Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue
Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas).
WellPoint also serves customers throughout the country as UniCare and in
certain markets through our Amerigroup and CareMore subsidiaries. Our 1-800
CONTACTS, Inc. subsidiary offers customers online sales of contact lenses,
eyeglasses and other ocular products. Additional information about WellPoint
is available at www.wellpoint.com.
Doug Simpson, 212-476-1473
Jill Becher, 414-234-1573
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