INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 30, 2014--
WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE: WLP) announced today that Thomas C. Zielinski has
been named executive vice president and general counsel, effective June
2, 2014. Additionally, Peter Haytaian has been appointed executive vice
president and president of the Company’s Government Business Division.
He replaces Richard Zoretic who announced he will retire from WellPoint
on May 31, 2014.
Zielinski most recently was a partner in the law firm of Morgan Lewis
and was retained as interim general counsel for WellPoint since February
2014. He will oversee WellPoint’s legal strategy, legal compliance,
litigation, and regulatory and governance matters.
“Tom is deeply knowledgeable in health care, with more than 20 years
experience in health care related matters and litigation, serving as a
partner in two national law firms, as well as twelve years as the
general counsel of Coventry Health Care,” said Joseph R. Swedish,
WellPoint’s chief executive officer. “He will be a tremendous asset to
our team as our company focuses on transforming health care with trusted
and caring solutions.”
Haytaian most recently served as president of the Medicaid business in
the Government Business Division of WellPoint, where he was responsible
for all Medicaid operations in the 19 states WellPoint serves. As
president of WellPoint’s Government Business Division, he will assume
responsibility for all operations related to the Company’s Medicaid and
Medicare business segments, as well as National Government Services and
the Federal Employee Program.
“Pete has been integral in positioning WellPoint as the nation’s leader
in serving low-income families and people with disabilities through
Medicaid programs. His proven track record, combined with his extensive
experience leading Medicaid and Medicare programs at both Amerigroup and
Oxford Health Plans, positions him well to lead WellPoint’s Government
Business division,” said Swedish. “I welcome Pete to our executive
leadership team, would like to thank Dick for his extraordinary
contributions and wish him the best in his retirement.”
About WellPoint, Inc.
WellPoint is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies. We
believe that our health connects us all. So we focus on being a valued
health partner and delivering quality products and services that give
members access to the care they need. With nearly 67 million people
served by our affiliated companies including nearly 37 million enrolled
in our family of health plans, we can make a real difference to meet the
needs of our diverse customers. We’re an independent licensee of the
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We serve members as the Blue
Cross licensee for California; and as 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 most of these service areas, our 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). We also serve
customers in other states through our Amerigroup and CareMore
subsidiaries. To find out more about us, go to wellpoint.com.
Source: WellPoint, Inc.
Jill Becher, 414-234-1573