Matrix Absence Management names Kenneth F. Cope President

  Matrix Absence Management names Kenneth F. Cope President

                 Succeeds retiring President Ivars Zvirbulis

Business Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- April 11, 2013

Matrix Absence Management, Inc., (Matrix), a market leading integrator of
insurance and absence management services, has promoted Kenneth F. Cope from
chief operating officer (COO) to President.

Kenneth F. Cope (Photo: Matrix Absence Management, Inc.)

Kenneth F. Cope (Photo: Matrix Absence Management, Inc.)

In his new role, Cope succeeds retiring Matrix President Ivars Zvirbulis and
will report to Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company President and CEO
Larry Daurelle. Both Matrix and Reliance Standard are members of the Tokio
Marine Group. Mr. Cope will continue to be based in the company’s Phoenix
claims hub, while the Matrix corporate headquarters will remain in San Jose,

“We hired Ken in 2012 with the expectation he would bring vision and real
world savvy to Matrix,” Daurelle said. “True to our predictions, his knowledge
and commitment to service and operational excellence are exactly what’s needed
to keep Matrix in the top tier of absence management providers as the industry
continues to evolve.”

“I want to personally thank Ivars Zvirbulis for his service and leadership,”
Daurelle added. “His stewardship as President over the past 14 years is a
significant reason for Matrix’s success.”

Since his arrival last year, Cope has been accountable for overseeing Matrix’s
integrated claims, leave of absence (LOA), workers’ compensation and medical
unit operations. He has also launched several initiatives dedicated toward
improvement in service delivery, technology, reporting and staff development.

Founded in 1987, Matrix is a market leader in delivering services to help
employers proactively manage employee absence and related programs. Matrix
seamlessly integrates workers’ compensation, short and long term disability,
return-to-work services, and personal/family and medical leave (FMLA)
programs. Matrix is also the administrator and claims processing platform for
Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company’s integrated disability clients.

Prior to his arrival at Matrix in 2012, Cope was Vice President, Absence
Management Outsourcing for global benefits consultant Aon Hewitt. Nearly two
decades of industry experience afforded him leadership experience in account
management, program compliance, clinical outcomes, implementation, call center
operations, product development/strategy, customer satisfaction,
performance/quality management and client retention strategies.

A successor to the chief operating officer role is expected to be announced
shortly, Cope said.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, Matrix has service locations
nationwide, including claims hubs in San Jose, Phoenix, AZ, Hawthorne, NY and
Portland, OR. Matrix clients employ nearly 2 million employees nationwide with
total payrolls exceeding $60 billion.

Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company (Reliance Standard) is a leading
insurance carrier specializing in innovative and flexible employee benefits
solutions including disability income and group term life insurance, a suite
of voluntary (employee paid) coverage options and fully integrated absence
management. Reliance Standard markets these solutions nationwide through
independent brokers and agents to employers of all sizes.

Matrix and Reliance Standard also partner with leading wellness provider
Viverae^® to deliver RelianceONE^®, an innovative program to improve the
health of employees and the bottom lines of employers through integrated
workforce health and productivity management services.

Both Matrix and Reliance Standard are members of the Tokio Marine Group. Tokio
Marine Holdings, Inc., the ultimate holding company of the Tokio Marine Group,
is incorporated in Japan and is listed on both the Tokyo and Osaka Stock
Exchanges. The Tokio Marine Group operates in the property and casualty
insurance, reinsurance and life insurance sectors globally. The Group’s main
operating subsidiary, Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire (TMNF), was founded in 1879
and is the oldest and leading property and casualty insurer in Japan.

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