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WellPoint dismisses highly paid subsidiary CEO

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Health insurer WellPoint Inc. said Friday after markets closed that Executive Vice President Dijuana K. Lewis was terminated without cause.

The Indianapolis-based insurer said Lewis will remain with the company until the end of the year to "assist in the transition of her duties." A spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the move.

Lewis was dismissed Oct. 19 from her job as president and CEO of WellPoint's Comprehensive Health Solutions Business Unit, which includes provider relations, and care and disease management, since October 2007.

Before that, she served as president of local group business and was responsible for $31 billion in annual revenue and about 47 percent of WellPoint's total membership, according to the insurer.

WellPoint runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14 states and is the largest commercial health insurer based on membership.

Last year, Lewis earned a $650,000 salary as one of the insurer's highest paid executives and received a $200,000 bonus in part for helping to lead the sale of WellPoint's NextRx subsidiary to Express Scripts Inc. for about $4.68 billion.

WellPoint's chief medical officer, Dr. Sam Nussbaum, was named interim president of Comprehensive Health Solutions while the company searches for the new president, Chairwoman and CEO Angela Braly said in an e-mail to employees.

WellPoint reports third-quarter earnings Nov. 3.

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  • well, it's all relative
    She led a multibillion dollar division. I don't think it is unreasonable for her to have made a high salary. Heck, Troy Murphy made 10x+ that salary last year and he's just a basketball player. And the head of Goodwill in Central Indiana pulled in over $400k and that's a "nonprofit".
  • It's about time
    Why with premiums skyrocketing would anyone be paid $650,000 per year and also receive a bonus. It's incredible that these companies have taken so long to see that there are many qualified individuals and they don't require this type of compensation.

    You never know when it's your turn do you?

  • Cat fight?
    Meow.

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